Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Butch Jones fired as Tennessee's coach

Butch Jones fired by Tennessee LSU's next opponent, Tennessee, fires its head coach: report
Spencer Simpson | 13 November, 2017, 01:21

The Volunteers showed some fight early on in the game, but looked completely lackluster in the second half Saturday night, getting outscored 26-0 in the second half.

Jones was sacked on Sunday morning, and by midday, Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletic John Currine made it official. With Tennessee looking for a new coach the five most popular names to become the next Vols head coach are below.

According to ESPN, defensive line coach Brady Hoke will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

He also was a head coach at Ball State and San Diego State, holding an overall record of 78-70. 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.

Jones struggled to win consistently within the SEC, especially against rivals Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

Butch Jones apparently isn't too interested in keeping the recruiting class he assembled in place at Tennessee.

Jones' squad has been outscored 206-79 in six league games this season. "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community".

However, Jones did help produce nine National Football League draft picks during his Tennessee tenure and his players collected 18 All-SEC awards and 108 received SEC Academic Honor Roll honors.

The storied program was guided by two head coaches for 32 years - John Majors and Phillip Fulmer. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Kim) Davenport.

Butch's 2016 team scored 473 points and 63 touchdowns, both marks the most in a single season in Tennessee history.

Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) managed just 285 total yards.

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