Tennessee Fires Butch Jones; Hoke Is Interim Coach

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LSU and Tennessee are set to square off on Saturday in Knoxville in what will be the Vols' first game under an interim coach. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news late Sunday morning.

Tennessee has fired football Butch Jones just shy of finishing his fifth season in what became a calamitous 2017 season in which the Vols have failed to win any of their six Southeastern Conference games. The Vols are 0-6 in SEC play after getting blown out by Missouri on Saturday, 50-17.

Hoke has 12 years of experience as a head coach, most recently at MI from 2011-14.

'For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down'. That Tennessee is already bleeding pledges speaks to Jones' one universally agreed upon positive - his ability to connect with young men in the living room.

If Tennessee wanted to wait until after the season to make a coaching change, the football team's lack of success made that an increasingly hard choice.

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However, Jones was never able to take UT back to the SEC Championship game. Jones has gone 34-27 during his Tennessee tenure and is 14-24 in the SEC.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke, the former head coach at MI, will serve as UT's interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Tennessee hasn't reached the SEC championship game since 2007 and hasn't won a conference title since its 1998 national championship season.

It will be interesting to see what impact the coaching change has on Tennessee's current recruiting class, but at least two top players shared that they are remaining committed for the time being. Previously, Butch was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati and was also the head coach at Central Michigan.

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