Tennessee coach Butch Jones reportedly fired after blowout loss

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According to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman, Tennessee coach Butch Jones has been fired as the Vols head coach and informed his staff of the move on Sunday morning.

Before Sunday's decision, the Volunteers had suffered a string of embarrassing losses, including a 57-17 blowout to Missouri last week.

This is Jones' fifth season on the job and shaping up to be his worst since he went 5-7 upon taking over in 2013.

The Volunteers are 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference this season with a 4-6 overall record.

What did Jones tell him? That Tennessee is already bleeding pledges speaks to Jones' one universally agreed upon positive - his ability to connect with young men in the living room. The Vols also have never lost eight games in a season.


Jones ends his career in Knoxville with an overall record of 34-27.

But Jones couldn't push his program up to the higher level that Vols fans expected.

Tennessee is winless in SEC conference play this year, including at Kentucky, just their second loss to the wildcats in the last 33 years.

Defensive line assistant Brady Hoke will assume the interim head coach responsibilities for the Vols.

Tennessee's Interm Head Coach Is? Hoke could possibly be a head coach again, but after his disappointments at MI and at OR as the Ducks' defensive coordinator, scoring a job at a top program in the near future is extremely doubtful.

Hoke has been a head coach for 12 seasons, making stops at Ball State and San Diego State before arriving in Ann Arbor in 2011.


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