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Tennessee Fires Head Coach Butch Jones

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With everything that has transpired, everything that was accomplished in the past no longer meant anything. While they were successful in non-conference play, the Tennessee Volunteers could make no strides in SEC play mostly due to the quarterback situation and a string of injuries which stalled production. Even third string quarterback Will McBride couldn’t turn things around offensively and the 50-17 lashing at Missouri was the nail in the coffin for Butch Jones as head coach.

After nearly five years at the helm, Jones’ was fired due in part mainly from the pressure of fans who had enough of his hype which eventually turned into hot air. After replacing Derek Dooley in 2013, it took the following year to turn them around appearing in three consecutive bowls winning all of them, including two consecutive 9-4 records. In 2015 and 2016, the Volunteers finished tied for second in the SEC East behind Florida, but was looking at a complete reload after losing the likes of Joshua Dobbs.

Three quarterbacks and numerous injuries did Jones in, especially the most embarrassing loss at home against Georgia and getting drummed on the road at Alabama. Losing close games against other SEC East teams didn’t help his cause and being winless in the conference along with Vanderbilt practically took the Volunteers off the radar. Jim McElwain was let go two weeks earlier after not only with similar incidents, but with false claims that he, his team and his family received death threats.

Brady Hoke will serve as interim head coach for the remaining two games with hopes of winning to become bowl eligible. Candidates named are former NFL coach and Tennessee alumus Jon Gruden, Memphis head coach Mike Norvell and former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. Jones’ buyout is reportedly worth $8.25 million and will continue to be paid monthly through February 28, 2021, another four years.

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