Jones era ends at Tennessee

Butch Jones fired by Tennessee

After initial reports on Sunday broke the news of the latest coaching change in college football, Tennessee Athletics Director John Currie has now confirmed it through a statement.

The news came out Sunday morning that Tennessee has fired head coach Butch Jones, and Hoke will take over for the rest of the year.

"I spoke with Coach Jones about 30 minutes ago", Tennessee commit Tanner Ingle told the Orlando Sentinel.

The next man up will be the fifth head football coach in Knoxville in the last 11 seasons. I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach of Tennessee.

Jones ends his career in Knoxville with an overall record of 34-27.

As Tennessee moves forward with the "exhaustive search" to replace Butch Jones, the football staff in place will try to maintain relationships with the 2018 recruiting class.

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.

The Vols lost to LSU in that season's SEC Championship and beat Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. The Vols followed up that Georgia defeat by losing four of their next five games.

Two weeks prior, Tennessee had dropped a game at Kentucky, their second loss to the team in 33 years.

But Jones couldn't push his program up to the higher level that Vols fans expected. Coach Brady Hoke has been interim head coach.

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

Tennessee hasn't reached the SEC championship game since 2007 and hasn't won a conference title since its 1998 national championship season.

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