Tennessee AD Comments On Butch Jones Firing

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"I would like to emphasize how much I appreciate Butch and Barb Jones and their sons, Alex, Adam and Andrew", the statement form Currie reads.

Hoke took over as the defensive line coach for the Volunteers this season after spending last season as the defensive coordinator at Oregon.

That raised plenty of concerns which were resoundingly confirmed when Georgia came into Knoxville and absolutely steamrolled Jones's team, 41-0. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee". Jones has already informed his staff of his firing and meet with players around 1 p.m. Jones was in his fifth year as the coach of the Vols.

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Coach Jones, we wish you well in your future endeavors. Hoke was serving as the defensive line coach at Tennessee and was the head coach at MI before Jim Harbaugh.

The sudden decline has been shocking.

As bad as the season has gone, UT still has a slim chance at bowl eligibility; it must win both its remaining games. A turnaround and return to contention among the top teams in the SEC seemed imminent. All four of those goals seem now far out of reach, which obviously isn't the objective in Knoxville.

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ESPN's Chris Low reported that Brady Joke, former Ball State, San Diego State and MI head coach, will be the interim coach for the Vols.

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

He also was a head coach at Ball State and San Diego State, holding an overall record of 78-70.

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The Vols are now set to host LSU on Saturday, Nov. 18. And now, the football program is looking for its fourth head coach in nine years.

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