Butch Jones' time as Tennessee football coach is over

Kristopher Nichols
November 13, 2017

According to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman, Tennessee coach Butch Jones has been fired as the Vols head coach and informed his staff of the move on Sunday morning.

Jones, 49, was 34-27 in five seasons at Tennessee.

Brady Hoke will take over as interim head coach.

Jones was head coach at Central Michigan for three years and Cincinnati for three, both times following Brian Kelly, before coming to Tennessee to replace disgraced Derek Dooley, who was 16-21 in three years UT.

The Vols will need an interim head coach and Brady Hoke is the next man up.

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As Tennessee's struggles continued, the criticism of Jones mounted. Tennessee was picked to win the East previous year but stumbled after a 5-0 start.

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Lost six of 10 games so far this season.

QB Michael Penix also spoke on the firing of Jones, and he said the coaching change is something out of his control.

The storied program was guided by two head coaches for 32 years - John Majors and Phillip Fulmer.

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. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Kim) Davenport.

What did Jones tell him? By the end of the Missouri game, Tennessee had only five available scholarship offensive linemen, including two true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen.

However, the Tigers needed only 57 seconds to drive 75 yards and retake the lead at 24-17 on Larry Rountree's 1-yard run. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards.

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