Butch Jones Out at Tennessee

Arnold Nichols
November 13, 2017

The Butch Jones era in Tennessee has apparently ended. His record at the school is skewed by a 5-7 record in his first season, and a 4-6 finish this year. For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down as head football coach. On Sunday Morning he notified his team that he will no longer be coaching at Tennessee. Jones has already informed his staff of his firing and meet with players around 1 p.m.

Jones stabilized a rocky program, but Tennessee's regression in Year 5 has been startling, losing all six SEC games and facing the real possibility of missing a bowl game for the fourth time in eight years. "I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors". 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. Other than the dreaded "lack of institutional control", what greater sign could there be that a coach needs to be fired? A turnaround and return to contention among the top teams in the SEC seemed imminent.

"Coach Brady Hoke has been named interim head coach".

However, Jones was never able to take UT back to the SEC Championship game. He also coached at Ball State and San Diego.

It appears Hoke is only being considered as a temporary solution; the Volunteers will limp through the rest of the season and try to find a high profile coach in the offseason.

Jones ends his career in Knoxville with an overall record of 34-27. With Tennessee looking for a new coach the five most popular names to become the next Vols head coach are below. Finding the right guy has been hard, and there will be intense pressure to get it right this next time.

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