By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tennessee Volunteers fired its head coach Butch Jones on Sunday. We called for his firing weeks ago.
Yet, it took a loss to the Missouri Tigers on Saturday for the school to finally give him the pink slip. The Volunteers are 0-6 in Southeastern Conference play this season.
They have also lost five straight games. Defensive line coach Brady Hoke will serve as the interim head coach for the rest of the season.
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Hoke was previously the San Diego State Aztecs and the Michigan Wolverines head coach.
“I have asked Coach Jones to step down as head football coach,” Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics John Currie said. “I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. “An exhaustive search is underway for a person of the highest integrity and character with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor [Beverly] Davenport. I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee.”
In five-years at the school, he was 34-27 and led the team to back-to-back nine-win seasons, before the tires fell off the wagon this season. The team is 4-6 overall — and the wins came over Georgia Tech, Indiana State, UMASS and Southern Miss — but the best group of teams to beat.
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Combined, they have a 14-25 record overall. The Golden Eagles have the best record, as of this post with a 5-4 record.
The Sycamores in the FCS has a 0-10 record.
The Volunteers were blown out 50-17 to the Tigers. They gave up 659 in total yards.
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