Tennessee fires Butch Jones

Posted November 13, 2017

It took longer than most expected, but Butch Jones is out as Tennessee's coach.

The Vols' latest setback, and apparently the final straw for athletic director John Currie, was Saturday's embarrassing 50-17 blowout against Missouri.

"We have been fortunate to have coach Jones lead our program for the past five years", Currie said. Tennessee, 4-6 overall and 0-6 in the SEC, in danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2013, Jones' first season. "For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down as head football coach". The Volunteers showed some fight early on in the game, but looked completely lackluster in the second half Saturday night, getting outscored 26-0 in the second half. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee".

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If Tennessee wanted to wait until after the season to make a coaching change, the football team's lack of success made that an increasingly hard choice.

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Lost six of 10 games so far this season.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke will replace Jones for the rest of the season with games against LSU and Vanderbilt remaining. Hoke, the former head coach at MI, is in his first year at Tennessee. He led the Volunteers to back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, and his overall record at Tennessee was 34-27 and 14-24 in the SEC.

Hoke has been a head coach for 12 seasons, making stops at Ball State and San Diego State before arriving in Ann Arbor in 2011.

Tennessee hasn't reached the SEC championship game since 2007 and hasn't won a conference title since its 1998 national championship season.