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

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

The Butch Jones era in Tennessee has apparently ended.

But losing to Missouri in Columbia, a team that Tennessee defeated 63-37 last season, was all athletic director John Currie could stand and everyone involved with the Vols football program could stand no more. After back-to-back 9-4 seasons under Jones, the Volunteers were just 4-6 this year and lost 50-17 at Missouri on Saturday. One month later, Tennessee lost 29-26 at Kentucky, which represented just the second time the Vols had fallen to the Wildcats in their last 33 meetings.

"Coach Brady Hoke has been named interim head coach".

"An exhaustive search is underway for a person of the highest integrity and character with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships". Jones was in his fifth year as the coach of the Vols.

Jones entered this season with stable job security in the minds of the administration and Currie, but it was a pivotal season for Jones to continue progressing the program.




Jones was under contract through February 2021. Tennessee was picked to win the East a year ago but stumbled after a 5-0 start.

In accordance with Section 3.1.1 of the Agreement, the University will pay you liquidated damages in the amount of Eight Million Two Hundred Fifty Seven Thousand Five Hundred Eighty Dollars and Zero Cents ($8,257,580.00), subject to all applicable state and federal tax and withholding requirements. 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? But things went downhill after that in Ann Arbor, with back-to-back losses in lesser bowls, a 6-10 record in the Big Ten over his final two seasons and a 5-7 record to get him fired in 2014. Jones has three. Lane Kiffin, whose only season was 2009, has one.

Hoke took over as the defensive line coach for the Volunteers this season after spending last season as the defensive coordinator at Oregon.

When making the next hire, though, Currie said money will not be an issue. He coached three seasons each at Central Michigan and Cincinnati before coming to Tennessee.

The major off-field issue during Jones' tenure was a Title IX lawsuit filed against the school previous year by eight unidentified women accusing Tennessee of having a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

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