Butch Jones ousted at Tennessee

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The Butch Jones era at Tennessee has ended.

UT announced Jones' firing on Sunday following a 50-17 road loss to Missouri a day earlier. But down the stretch the Vols went 3-4 to close out the regular season, with a loss to SC off the bye week that ended chances of making it to the SEC Championship Game.

According to ESPN, defensive line coach Brady Hoke will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

"An exhaustive search is underway for a person of the highest integrity and character with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships. I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee".

Jones entered this season with stable job security in the minds of the administration and Currie, but it was a pivotal season for Jones to continue progressing the program. The liquidated damages will be paid in monthly installments through February 28, 2021.

Jones took over Tennessee in 2013 as Derek Dooley's replacement. 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. But things went downhill after that in Ann Arbor, with back-to-back losses in lesser bowls, a 6-10 record in the Big Ten over his final two seasons and a 5-7 record to get him fired in 2014.

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The Vols lost to LSU in that season's SEC Championship and beat Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl.

The Vols had several signature wins under Jones, including thrilling come-from-behind victories over Georgia in 2015 and Florida in 2016, as well as a last-second defeat of Georgia in 2016 on a Hail Mary by senior quarterback Josh Dobbs.

Fans who loved Jones' constant references to the "Brick by Brick" approach of building a program when he first arrived at Tennessee started to mock his frequent use of clichés and catchphrases. Hoke was serving as the defensive line coach at Tennessee and was the head coach at MI before Jim Harbaugh.

When making the next hire, though, Currie said money will not be an issue. Previously, Butch was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati and was also the head coach at Central Michigan.

Jones' record against each SEC school during his tenure in Knoxville is as follows.

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