Butch Jones has been on the hot seat for several weeks with Tennessee, and it appears the Vols have finally chose to move in another direction. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news late Sunday morning.
A current Tennessee commit reportedly told the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday that Jones called him, suggesting he "find a place to go" now that he was no longer going to be the head coach.
But losing to Missouri in Columbia, a team that Tennessee defeated 63-37 last season, was all athletic director John Currie could stand and everyone involved with the Vols football program could stand no more. His overall head coaching record is 148-78 and was 11-2 in his first season at MI.
The Vols will need an interim head coach and Brady Hoke is the next man up.
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However, Jones was never able to take UT back to the SEC Championship game. Tennessee's average home attendance climbed from 89,965 the year before Jones' arrival to 100,968 last season. He led the Volunteers to back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, and his overall record at Tennessee was 34-27 and 14-24 in the SEC.
ESPN's Chris Low was the first to report Hoke as the interim coach. The team also lost to SC and Kentucky (just their second loss to the Wildcats in 33 years) before getting a non-conference respite against Southern Miss.
Tennessee becomes the third SEC coaching vacancy. The Vols haven't won a SEC title since 1998, which was also the year Tennessee won the national championship under coach Philip Fulmer. Previously, Butch was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati and was also the head coach at Central Michigan.