Former Michigan man Brady Hoke is a head coach again

Posted November 13, 2017

Jones, 49, was 34-27 in five seasons at Tennessee.

According to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman, Tennessee coach Butch Jones has been fired as the Vols head coach and informed his staff of the move on Sunday morning. One who announced he was opening up his recruitment was three-star athlete Tanner Ingle, who told the Orlando Sentinel he had already spoken with Jones.

"We expect our coach to have the dynamics that would enable him to lead us to where we know Tennessee football can and should be", Currie said.

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Jones guided Tennessee to back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, but was just 3-9 in his last 12 SEC games dating to last season.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke, the former head coach at MI, will serve as UT's interim coach for the remainder of the season. Jones has three. Lane Kiffin, whose only season was 2009, has one. His record at the school is skewed by a 5-7 record in his first season, and a 4-6 finish this year. The Vols went winless in October and have dropped five of their last six games. When was this team going to overtake the competition in the SEC East, finally defeat Alabama, win a conference championship and be in the College Football Playoff discussion?

Both coaches will latch on somewhere else during the offseason, but probably not as a head coach, and definitely not at a powerhouse program.

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Jones, hired at Tennessee on December 7, 2012, as the Vols' 24 head coach, after winning four conference championships in his previous six years, and his staff have done a terrific job recruiting players to Tennessee, but the development of many has been widely considered sub-par.

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

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. That's after Tennessee went 32 years with just two head coaches - John Majors and Fulmer.

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Tennessee tied the Missouri game with 1:15 left in the first half on a 19-yard pass from freshman quarterback Will McBride to tight end Ethan Wolf. Including that game, Missouri scored the game's final 33 points, further humiliating a program in distress. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards. Beginning conference play with a loss to rival Florida was certainly disappointing, but the Vols followed that up by barely beating UMass at home.