Butch Jones' time as Tennessee football coach is over

Butch Jones' time as Tennessee football coach is over

Butch Jones' time as Tennessee football coach is over

Butch Jones is out at Tennessee.

"None of us want to be in this position". But during an injury-plagued 2016 season, the Vols were unable to capitalize on early season wins over Florida and Georgia and lost games to SC and Vanderbilt late in the season to squander a chance to play in their first SEC championship game since 2007, Phillip Fulmer's next-to-last season.

Ingle told the Sentinel he will take his visits - definitely to NC State and maybe to Virginia Tech - while also keeping an eye on who the Vols end up hiring to succeed Jones, who finished with a 34-27 (14-24 SEC) record at Tennessee. He's put together three consecutive winning seasons and bowl game victories. "I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors". 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. Jones was making $4.11 million per year at Tennessee. But with fan apathy growing and the reality that hanging onto Jones any longer would only make the situation worse, Currie made the decision to cut ties with Jones with regular-season games remaining.

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

Injuries played a major role in Jones' demise. Injuries to quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano and Quinten Dormady caused freshman Will McBride to make his first career start Saturday. The Vols also have never lost eight games in a season. "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community". Tennessee entered the 2017 season coming off back-to-back nine-win years and top-25 finishes but sits at just 4-6 with two games remaining in 2017.

However, Jones did help produce nine National Football League draft picks during his Tennessee tenure and his players collected 18 All-SEC awards and 108 received SEC Academic Honor Roll honors.

Jones has an overall record of 84-54. Hoke has a career coaching record of 78-70 between three jobs with Ball State, San Diego State and MI.

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