Tennessee Coaching Rumors Roundup: Butch Jones Buyout, Jon Gruden, and More

Lynette Rowe
November 13, 2017

Butch Jones apparently isn't too interested in keeping the recruiting class he assembled in place at Tennessee. That placed Tennessee 0-6 in the conference and 4-6 overall.

Jones was hired December 5th, 2012 and was the 24th head football coach in school history.

Butch's 2016 team scored 473 points and 63 touchdowns, both marks the most in a single season in Tennessee history. Tennessee has shown itself incapable of beating virtually any team in the SEC, but it wasn't unreasonable to expect a victory against the Tigers - or at the very least, show some competitiveness.

Coach Jones, we wish you well in your future endeavors. During his time as head coach, he led Tennessee to a 34-27 record and took the Vols to three-straight bowl games.

The sudden decline has been shocking. All four of those goals seem now far out of reach, which obviously isn't the objective in Knoxville.

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Associate head coach Brady Hoke, who coaches the defensive line, has been named as interim head coach and will finish the season.

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

LSU and Tennessee are set to square off on Saturday in Knoxville in what will be the Vols' first game under an interim coach.

The storied program was guided by two head coaches for 32 years - John Majors and Phillip Fulmer.

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. Finding the right guy has been hard, and there will be intense pressure to get it right this next time.

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