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Former Michigan man Brady Hoke is a head coach again

13 November 2017, 01:57 | Percy Christensen

Former Michigan man Brady Hoke is a head coach again

Tennessee Vols set to take on potent Missouri offense in their final regular-season road contest of season

Jones is officially under contract through February 28, 2021, and according to the USA Today coaches' contract database, the cost of letting Jones and all of his assistants go at the end of the season could add up to about $13.9 million.

According to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman, Tennessee coach Butch Jones has been fired as the Vols head coach and informed his staff of the move on Sunday morning.

The Vols' latest setback, and apparently the final straw for athletic director John Currie, was Saturday's embarrassing 50-17 blowout against Missouri. 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.

Jones won't coach the rest of the season and defensive line coach Brady Hoke will serve as interim coach, sources told ESPN.

"An exhaustive search is underway for a person of the highest integrity and character with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships", Currie said.

Coach Jones, we wish you well in your future endeavors.

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"I know Vol Nation will rally around this team and support our student-athletes as they complete the remainder of this season", Currie said in the statement.

Jones took over Tennessee in 2013 as Derek Dooley's replacement. He'll be owed a buyout in excess of $8 million, although he's required to seek comparable employment to mitigate the damages. Jones went 3-0 in bowl games with the Vols. But during an injury-plagued 2016 season, the Vols were unable to capitalize on early season wins over Florida and Georgia and lost games to SC and Vanderbilt late in the season to squander a chance to play in their first SEC championship game since 2007, Phillip Fulmer's next-to-last season. Missouri (5-5, 2-4) scored five Saturday night and the loss dropped Tennessee into a last-place tie with Vandy in the East.

Tennessee last won an SEC championship in 1998, the same year the Vols won the national championship with an unbeaten 13-0 record. In 2015, Tennessee lost to Florida, keeping the Vols from Atlanta. All of Jones' assistants are under contract through next season.

Under Jones' watch, Tennessee's football program dramatically improved its Academic Progress Rate, which had been so low at the start of his tenure that the school was at risk of facing penalties. Tennessee entered the 2017 season coming off back-to-back nine-win years and top-25 finishes but sits at just 4-6 with two games remaining in 2017.

Regardless of preseason projections, a 4-6 overall record and 0-6 mark in the SEC was not what anyone wanted to see in Knoxville. He was also the head coach at Central Michigan from 2007 to 2009.



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