The University of Tennessee announced Sunday that they have fired head football coach Butch Jones after a 50-17 debacle against the University of Missouri.
The Mizzou loss dropped the Vols to 4-6 on the season (0-6 in the SEC) with two games to play. The losses include a heartbreaking game that Florida won on a Hail Mary and huge blowouts to SEC powers Georgia and Auburn.
Jones’ contract runs through 2021, and he will receive a buyout of approximately $8 million after being fired.
Jones coached the Vols for five seasons, and he recruited well at the school (although those highly-ranked classes never really translated on the field). Under his tenure, Tennessee was 3-12 versus their three biggest rivals: Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Former University of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke will step in as the interim head coach for the rest of the season.
The Vols still have home games against LSU and in-state rival Vanderbilt on the schedule.