Tennessee fires Butch Jones in fifth season

Tennessee fires Butch Jones in fifth season

Tennessee fires Butch Jones in fifth season

Taylor is at least the second Tennessee commit to open things back up following the firing of Vols HC Butch Jones earlier on Sunday.

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

The move comes after a blowout loss to Missouri on Saturday.

Currie said defensive line coach Brady Hoke will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

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.

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LSU will take on an interim coach on Saturday night. The Vols haven't won a SEC title since 1998, which was also the year Tennessee won the national championship under coach Philip Fulmer. How clear could it be that Tennessee was completely outmatched and Jones needed to be dismissed? Hoke has a career coaching record of 78-70 between three jobs with Ball State, San Diego State and MI.

Tennessee becomes the third SEC coaching vacancy. "I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors". And now, the football program is looking for its fourth head coach in nine years. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Kim) Davenport.

The Tigers amassed a whopping 659 yards of total offense, including a massive 433 yards on the ground.

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. The Vols also have never lost eight games in a season.

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