Butch Jones out, Brady Hoke takes over at Tennessee

Butch Jones out, Brady Hoke takes over at Tennessee

Butch Jones out, Brady Hoke takes over at Tennessee

Tennessee, winless this season in SEC play, has made a decision to part ways with fifth-year coach Butch Jones, sources told ESPN. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news late Sunday morning.

Multiple sources, including a former Vols player, have confirmed to Channel 3 that Butch Jones and the University of Tennessee parted ways Sunday.

The move comes after a blowout loss to Missouri on Saturday.

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

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Coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons, Tennessee was unable to sustain an upward trajectory and is now 4-6 overall and 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference following the loss to Missouri. He struggled to get the Vols on table footing in SEC competition, posting a 14-24 record against conference foes and was unable to get the program over the hump against rival Florida, Georgia and Alabama consistently. Hoke was serving as the defensive line coach at Tennessee and was the head coach at MI before Jim Harbaugh.

Now, the Vols are looking for a fourth head coach since 2009. Missouri (5-5, 2-4) scored five Saturday night and the loss dropped Tennessee into a last-place tie with Vandy in the East. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee". Tennessee was picked to win the East past year but stumbled after a 5-0 start.

The major off-field issue during Jones' tenure was a Title IX lawsuit filed against the school a year ago by eight unidentified women accusing Tennessee of having a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes. The Vols followed up that Georgia defeat by losing four of their next five games. Previously, Butch was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati and was also the head coach at Central Michigan. Ever since back-to-back home losses to Georgia and SC earlier this season, it has seemed likely that Tennessee would move in a different direction at the end of the year. Until Tennessee finds a new head coach, Brady Hoke will take over as interim coach for the rest of the season.

Dooley, Johnny Majors, Doug Dickey and Bowden Wyatt are the only Tennessee coaches to endure one-win conference campaigns.

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