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Tennessee finally acknowledges the inevitable, firing football coach Butch Jones

13 November, 2017, 01:20 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Tennessee finally acknowledges the inevitable, firing football coach Butch Jones

"I would like to emphasize how much I appreciate Butch and Barb Jones and their sons, Alex, Adam and Andrew", the statement form Currie reads. His overall head coaching record is 148-78 and was 11-2 in his first season at MI.

The Vols will need an interim head coach and Brady Hoke is the next man up. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee". Tennessee has shown itself incapable of beating virtually any team in the SEC, but it wasn't unreasonable to expect a victory against the Tigers - or at the very least, show some competitiveness.

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

LSU will take on an interim coach on Saturday night.




The sudden decline has been shocking.

But Jones couldn't push his program up to the higher level that Vols fans expected. All four of those goals seem now far out of reach, which obviously isn't the objective in Knoxville. He has head coaching experience at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State.

Hoke has 12 years of experience as a head coach, most recently at MI from 2011-14. He will surely land elsewhere, having had success in previous stops at Central Michigan and Cincinnati. That was the second longest active streak in the FBS at the time and the longest for a Tennessee team since the Vols went undefeated in 1998 and won the first game of the '99 season.

The 59-year-old Hoke has head coaching experience at Ball State (six years), San Diego State (two years) and MI (four years), and after his dismissal at MI after the 2014 season, Hoke was out of coaching for a year before spending the 2016 season as Oregon's defensive coordinator.

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