Butch Jones out, Brady Hoke takes over at Tennessee

Lawrence Cooper
November 13, 2017

His final game as head coach was the Vols most lopsided loss to an unranked opponent in AP poll era history.

Several reports say Tennessee has fired Jones after five seasons as the Vols' head coach.

ESPN reported that defensive line coach Brady Hoke - a former head coach at Ball State, San Diego State and MI - will serve as the interim for the rest of the season. He has head coaching experience at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State. He was the interim coach at USC in 2013 and of course was initially the interim coach for LSU after the Tigers let go of Les Miles last season.

"I know Vol Nation will rally around this team and support our student-athletes as they complete the remainder of this season", Currie said in the statement.

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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Regardless of preseason projections, a 4-6 overall record and 0-6 mark in the SEC was not what anyone wanted to see in Knoxville.

All of Jones' assistants are under contract through next season. Jones was in his fifth year as the coach of the Vols. I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach of Tennessee.

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

The move comes after a blowout loss to Missouri on Saturday. The Vols also have never lost eight games in a season.

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