Tennessee fires Butch Jones

Tennessee fires Butch Jones

Tennessee fires Butch Jones

Tennessee, winless this season in SEC play, has chose to part ways with fifth-year coach Butch Jones, sources told ESPN.

After reports of Butch Jones' exit as Tennessee's coach surfaced Sunday morning, the school announced a "coaching transition" that confirmed the fifth-year Vols' coach is out, effective immediately.

Coming off a 50-17 loss to Missouri on Saturday, UT has made a decision to part ways with Jones after four-plus seasons.

"Coach Brady Hoke has been named interim head coach". Currie said he was looking for someone "with the highest integrity and character, with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships". "I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors".

Jones was sacked Sunday before completing his fifth season.

Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) managed just 285 total yards. He's owed about $8.25 million in buyout money, according to the terms of his contract, although he's required to seek comparable employment to mitigate the damages.

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In his time with the Vols, Jones was 6-17 against ranked opponents and 0-7 against Top 5 foes.

The Vols had several signature wins under Jones, including thrilling come-from-behind victories over Georgia in 2015 and Florida in 2016, as well as a last-second defeat of Georgia in 2016 on a Hail Mary by senior quarterback Josh Dobbs. When was this team going to overtake the competition in the SEC East, finally defeat Alabama, win a conference championship and be in the College Football Playoff discussion?

Tennessee started the season 3-1 but has lost five of its last six games. The Volunteers now hold the seventh-best recruiting class for 2018, although it will be up to Jones' replacement to hold those recruits for next season. The Vols went 5-7 his first season and improved to 7-5 in his next year to return to a bowl.

When making the next hire, though, Currie said money will not be an issue.

However, Jones did help produce nine National Football League draft picks during his Tennessee tenure and his players collected 18 All-SEC awards and 108 received SEC Academic Honor Roll honors.

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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