U-Tennessee Sacks Saugatuck's Butch Jones as Grid Coach

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U-Tennessee Sacks Saugatuck's Butch Jones as Grid Coach

Jones posted a 6-18 record against ranked opponents and a 14-22 mark against teams with winning records. Tennessee lost to Mizzou last night 50-17.

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones informed his players today that he has been fired as their coach.

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. The Bulldogs may have been even better than most predicted going into the season, while the Gators were also a disappointment that resulted in the firing of head coach Jim McElwain. For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down as head football coach. He has been coaching the defensive line, while holding the title of associate head coach.

Hoke has been a head coach for 12 seasons, making stops at Ball State and San Diego State before arriving in Ann Arbor in 2011. The Vols play host to LSU this Saturday, then close the regular season with a home game against Vanderbilt.

Hoke is in his first year at Tennessee.

The Butch Jones era is over after five seasons in which he restored Tennessee's program to respectability, only to watch it regress this year after back-to-back nine-win seasons. On Sunday Morning he notified his team that he will no longer be coaching at Tennessee.

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.

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