Butch Jones out, Brady Hoke takes over at Tennessee
Nov 13 2017
Jones, 49, was 34-27 in five seasons at Tennessee. The Commodores are also 0-6 and 4-6. For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down as head football coach.
Butch's 2016 team scored 473 points and 63 touchdowns, both marks the most in a single season in Tennessee history. Jones has already informed his staff of his firing and meet with players around 1 p.m.
Hoke is in his first year at Tennessee.
Yet the awful effort showed that the team had quit on Jones or didn't consider him a coach for whom to show its best effort.
ESPN's Chris Low was the first to report Hoke as the interim coach. When was this team going to overtake the competition in the SEC East, finally defeat Alabama, win a conference championship and be in the College Football Playoff discussion? Brady Hoke will serve as interim head coach for the rest of season.
Ever since the day Jim Harbaugh was hired as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, there have been constant rumors about him leaving his alma mater to return to the NFL. 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 a top Power 5 coaching position is unlikely in the near future.
The 59-year-old Hoke has head coaching experience at Ball State (six years), San Diego State (two years) and MI (four years), and after his dismissal at MI after the 2014 season, Hoke was out of coaching for a year before spending the 2016 season as Oregon's defensive coordinator. Finding the right guy has been hard, and there will be intense pressure to get it right this next time.