Butch Jones Out at Tennessee

LSU's next opponent, Tennessee, fires its head coach: report

Hoke was serving as the defensive line coach at Tennessee and was the head coach at MI before Jim Harbaugh.

Multiple sources, including a former Vols player, have confirmed to Channel 3 that Butch Jones and the University of Tennessee parted ways Sunday. He has been coaching the defensive line, while holding the title of associate head coach. Hoke has a career coaching record of 78-70 between three jobs with Ball State, San Diego State and MI. 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 compete the remainder of this season".

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

The Butch Jones era is over after five seasons in which he restored Tennessee's program to respectability, only to watch it regress this year after back-to-back nine-win seasons. His overall head coaching record is 148-78 and was 11-2 in his first season at MI.


All of Jones' assistants are under contract through next season. "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community".

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.

The Vols' latest setback, and apparently the final straw for athletic director John Currie, was Saturday's embarrassing 50-17 blowout against Missouri.

He also ended the 11-game losing streak to Florida and a 19-game skid against ranked opponents.

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