Tennessee Coaching Rumors Roundup: Butch Jones Buyout, Jon Gruden, and More

With Tennessee looking for a new coach the five most popular names to become the next Vols head coach are below.

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reported on Sunday that Jones has informed his staff he is being let go.

Head Coach of the University of Tennessee collegiate football team has been sacked following a dismal year where the team has yet to win a single game in the SEC.

Tennessee, winless this season in the SEC, was blown out 50-17 at Missouri on Saturday, the Vols' fifth loss in their past six games.

QB Michael Penix also spoke on the firing of Jones, and he said the coaching change is something out of his control.

The Volunteers are 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference this season with a 4-6 overall record.

LSU will take on an interim coach on Saturday night. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee". That Tennessee is already bleeding pledges speaks to Jones' one universally agreed upon positive - his ability to connect with young men in the living room.

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

Jones had a considerable rebuilding project to undertake after Derek Dooley's disastrous three-season reign, but had the Vols in a bowl game by his second season and won nine games in his third year. The Vols followed up that Georgia defeat by losing four of their next five games.

The Vols' late-season fade in 2016 turned up the heat on Jones.

Hoke last acted as a head coach during 2014 in his final season with the Michigan Wolverines. Coach Brady Hoke has been interim head coach. The team also lost to SC and Kentucky (just their second loss to the Wildcats in 33 years) before getting a non-conference respite against Southern Miss.


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