Tennessee coach Butch Jones reportedly fired after blowout loss

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After a 50-17 laugher at the hands of the Missouri Tigers, they've finally done it.

Tennessee was 34-27 in five seasons under Jones and 3-0 in bowl games, but the program was clearly in need of new direction as Jones' tactics were not having the kind of impact and success Tennessee had hoped to see by now.

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

Jones was hired December 5th, 2012 and was the 24th head football coach in school history. Brady Hoke will serve as interim head coach for the rest of season. He has head coaching experience at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State.

Hoke last acted as a head coach during 2014 in his final season with the Michigan Wolverines.

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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.

Jones had three years remaining on his contract, which owed him $4.1 million annually through the 2020 season. Because Jones was let go without cause, he will be entitled to be paid a buyout of $8,257,580.00, unless there are any deals between the two sides to agree to a reduced buyout.

The 59-year-old Hoke has head coaching experience at Ball State (six years), San Diego State (two years) and MI (four years), and after his dismissal at MI after the 2014 season, Hoke was out of coaching for a year before spending the 2016 season as Oregon's defensive coordinator. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Beverly) Davenport. I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach of Tennessee.

He also ended the 11-game losing streak to Florida and a 19-game skid against ranked opponents.

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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