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Butch Jones fired by Tennessee

Report: Butch Jones fired as Tennessee's coach

Tennessee fired fifth-year head coach Butch Jones after another blowout loss, the school announced Sunday.

LSU and Tennessee are set to square off on Saturday in Knoxville in what will be the Vols' first game under an interim coach. Tennessee lost to Mizzou last night 50-17.

Jones, hired at Tennessee on December 7, 2012, as the Vols' 24 head coach, after winning four conference championships in his previous six years, and his staff have done a terrific job recruiting players to Tennessee, but the development of many has been widely considered sub-par.

Brady Hoke will take over as interim head coach.

A native of Saugatuck, Jones was hired to coach the Volunteers in December 2012, following the team's three losing seasons under Derek Dooley.

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As bad as the season has gone, UT still has a slim chance at bowl eligibility; it must win both its remaining games. Hoke could possibly be a head coach again, but after his disappointments at MI and at OR as the Ducks' defensive coordinator, scoring a job at a top program in the near future is extremely doubtful. Previously, Butch was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati and was also the head coach at Central Michigan.

"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 know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. By the end of the Missouri game, Tennessee had only five available scholarship offensive linemen, including two true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen.

The Tigers amassed a whopping 659 yards of total offense, including a massive 433 yards on the ground.

Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) managed just 285 total yards.

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