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Butch Jones ousted at Tennessee

Butch Jones ousted at Tennessee

Jones' five-year record was 35-26 overall and 14-24 in the SEC.

Tennessee has fired football Butch Jones just shy of finishing his fifth season in what became a calamitous 2017 season in which the Vols have failed to win any of their six Southeastern Conference games. Jones had a considerable rebuilding project to undertake after Derek Dooley's disastrous three-season reign, but had the Vols in a bowl game by his second season and won nine games in his third year. The Bulldogs may have been even better than most predicted going into the season, while the Gators were also a disappointment that resulted in the firing of head coach Jim McElwain.

The Vols will need an interim head coach and Brady Hoke is the next man up.

Brady Hoke will take over as interim head coach. Hoke has a career coaching record of 78-70 between three jobs with Ball State, San Diego State and MI. His overall head coaching record is 148-78 and was 11-2 in his first season at MI.

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Hoke last acted as a head coach during 2014 in his final season with the Michigan Wolverines.

What Does Tennessee Owe Butch Jones? Jones went 34-27 during his tenure. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Beverly) Davenport.

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 are 0-6 in SEC play after getting blown out by Missouri on Saturday, 50-17. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards.

Tennessee has never had a winless SEC record in 121 years playing football, but must beat LSU and Vanderbilt to prevent that from happening.