Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Tennessee coach Butch Jones reportedly fired after blowout loss

Tennessee coach Butch Jones reportedly fired after blowout loss

ESPN reported that defensive line coach Brady Hoke - a former head coach at Ball State, San Diego State and MI - will serve as the interim for the rest of the season.

If Tennessee wanted to wait until after the season to make a coaching change, the football team's lack of success made that an increasingly hard choice. Jones did things that hadn't been done at Tennessee in a while. both good and bad.

Jones posted a 6-18 record against ranked opponents and a 14-22 mark against teams with winning records.

"I would like to emphasize how much I appreciate Butch and Barb Jones and their sons, Alex, Adam and Andrew", the statement form Currie reads. For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down as head football coach.

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ESPN's Chris Low was the first to report Hoke as the interim coach. The Bulldogs may have been even better than most predicted going into the season, while the Gators were also a disappointment that resulted in the firing of head coach Jim McElwain. In those six games, the Vols have scored just six offensive touchdowns. He can certainly provide a steadying hand, drawing on previous head coaching experience at Ball State, San Diego State and MI. Jones went 34-27 during his tenure.

The storied program was guided by two head coaches for 32 years - John Majors and Phillip Fulmer. Including that game, Missouri scored the game's final 33 points, further humiliating a program in distress.

Tennessee has never had a winless SEC record in 121 years playing football, but must beat LSU and Vanderbilt to prevent that from happening.

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