Butch Jones fired as Tennessee's coach

Rachel Hardy
November 13, 2017

LSU and Tennessee are set to square off on Saturday in Knoxville in what will be the Vols' first game under an interim coach. Jones has already informed his staff of his firing and meet with players around 1 p.m.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke, the former University of MI head coach, will serve as UT's interim head coach for the last two games.

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. How clear could it be that Tennessee was completely outmatched and Jones needed to be dismissed?

Tennessee was not expected to win the SEC East, but they were projected to be competitive in the division with Georgia and Florida.

The Butch Jones era in Tennessee has apparently ended.

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Hoke took over as the defensive line coach for the Volunteers this season after spending last season as the defensive coordinator at Oregon.

Hoke last acted as a head coach during 2014 in his final season with the Michigan Wolverines.

Lost six of 10 games so far this season.

Both coaches will latch on somewhere else during the offseason, but probably not as a head coach, and definitely not at a powerhouse program. Hoke has a career coaching record of 78-70 between three jobs with Ball State, San Diego State and MI. And now, the football program is looking for its fourth head coach in nine years. The Vols are 0-6 in SEC play after getting blown out by Missouri on Saturday, 50-17.

Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) managed just 285 total yards.

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