Butch Jones out, Brady Hoke takes over at Tennessee
Butch Jones out, Brady Hoke takes over at Tennessee
Tennessee finally acknowledges the inevitable, firing football coach Butch Jones
13 November, 2017, 01:54
University of Tennessee Athletics Director John Currie has fired Vols Head Football Coach Butch Jones. But with fan apathy growing and the reality that hanging onto Jones any longer would only make the situation worse, Currie made the decision to cut ties with Jones with regular-season games remaining.
Butch Jones apparently isn't too interested in keeping the recruiting class he assembled in place at Tennessee. Jones has already informed his staff of his firing and meet with players around 1 p.m.
Brady Hoke, who spent four mostly unsuccessful years as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, is getting another shot at running things for a college football team. During that time, the program has improved tremendously in the areas of academics, discipline and community involvement.
"Unfortunately, we are now where we need to be competitively". For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down as head football coach. To that end, Brady Hoke will take over on an interim basis. Dooley posted 3-5, 1-7 and 1-7 SEC marks and left a program in ruins to Jones. Jones has three. Lane Kiffin, whose only season was 2009, has one. The Volunteers opened the season by squeaking out a one-point overtime victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta, but it was a messy downhill slide from there. In those six games, the Vols have scored just six offensive touchdowns. They have also lost their last game against each of the other 13 teams in the SEC dating back to 2011. The Commodores are also 0-6 and 4-6.
The major off-field issue during Jones' tenure was a Title IX lawsuit filed against the school past year by eight unidentified women accusing Tennessee of having a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.
"An exhaustive search is underway for a person of the highest integrity and character with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships", Currie said. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee". The Vols lost to Kentucky two weeks ago and Jones was able to keep his job temporarily by bouncing back with a win over Southern Mississippi, but Saturday's embarrassing 50-17 loss to Missouri was the nail in the coffin. During Tennessee's four game losing streak through October, the offense went 15 straight quarters without a touchdown. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards. Jones was making $4.11 million per year at Tennessee.
But he couldn't get the Vols an SEC East title even during an era when rivals Florida and Georgia have been in transition.
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