Friday, 17 November, 2017

Tennessee finally acknowledges the inevitable, firing football coach Butch Jones

UPDATE: Butch Jones' time as Tennessee football coach is over Tennessee finally acknowledges the inevitable, firing football coach Butch Jones
Clarence Duncan | 13 November, 2017, 01:21

That was the second longest active streak in the FBS at the time and the longest for a Tennessee team since the Vols went undefeated in 1998 and won the first game of the '99 season.

The team is expected to have a meeting at 1:00pm.

Brady Hoke, the former Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator who was Tennessee's defensive line coach, takes over as interim head coach. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee". "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community". That included a 14-24 record against SEC competition.

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

Tennessee's Interm Head Coach Is? For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down as head football coach. Hoke was serving as the defensive line coach at Tennessee and was the head coach at MI before Jim Harbaugh. The struggles in 2017 come after Jones had led the Vols to consecutive 9-4 seasons, as well as three straight bowl wins.

The storied program was guided by two head coaches for 32 years - John Majors and Phillip Fulmer.

Hoke was 34-38 at Ball State, 13-12 at San Diego State and 78-70 with the Wolverines, including his best mark of 11-2 in 2011.

The move comes after a blowout loss to Missouri on Saturday.

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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