Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Jones era ends at Tennessee

Jones era ends at Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers officially fired head coach Butch Jones Sunday, and the move will likely have ramifications on the Vols recruiting class for next season. The move has seemed nearly inevitable for weeks. His buyout is around $8 million.

"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.

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Two weeks ago, the Volunteers lost at Kentucky 29-26, only its second loss to the Wildcats in the past 33 years. Hoke could possibly be a head coach again, but after his disappointments at MI and at OR as the Ducks' defensive coordinator, scoring a job at a top program in the near future is extremely doubtful.

But Jones couldn't push his program up to the higher level that Vols fans expected.

As bad as the season has gone, UT still has a slim chance at bowl eligibility; it must win both its remaining games. That stretch includes a 41-0 loss to Georgia that marked the Vols' most lopsided home defeat since 1905.

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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.

Under Jones' watch, Tennessee's football program dramatically improved its Academic Progress Rate, which had been so low at the start of his tenure that the school was at risk of facing penalties.

Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) managed just 285 total yards. "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community".

Hoke has 12 years of experience as a head coach, most recently at MI from 2011-14.

"The major off-field issue during Jones' tenure was a Title IX lawsuit filed against the school past year by eight unidentified women accusing Tennessee of having a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes".

All of Jones' assistants are under contract through next season.

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