Tennessee Fires Butch Jones; Hoke Is Interim Coach

13 November, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Sports Illustrated first reported Jones was out.

The Tennessee Volunteers officially fired head coach Butch Jones Sunday, and the move will likely have ramifications on the Vols recruiting class for next season.

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

Jones had three years remaining on his contract, which owed him $4.1 million annually through the 2020 season.

The next man up will be the fifth head football coach in Knoxville in the last 11 seasons.

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.

Ingle told the Sentinel he will take his visits - definitely to NC State and maybe to Virginia Tech - while also keeping an eye on who the Vols end up hiring to succeed Jones, who finished with a 34-27 (14-24 SEC) record at Tennessee. The Vols followed up that Georgia defeat by losing four of their next five games.

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Jones was just 3-9 in his past 12 SEC games dating to last season.

Under Jones, the Vols didn't achieve the success they experienced in the 1990s.

Brady Hoke, the team's defensive line coach, will fill in as the interim head coach, according to ESPN. Coach Brady Hoke has been interim head coach.

Tennessee's Interm Head Coach Is? An inexplicable loss at SC previous year ruined Tennessee's division title hopes.

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

He also was a head coach at Ball State and San Diego State, holding an overall record of 78-70.

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