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Tennessee finally acknowledges the inevitable, firing football coach Butch Jones

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Butch Jones fired by Tennessee

Jones struggled to win consistently within the SEC, especially against rivals Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The Bulldogs may have been even better than most predicted going into the season, while the Gators were also a disappointment that resulted in the firing of head coach Jim McElwain.

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

Brady Hoke, who spent four mostly unsuccessful years as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, is getting another shot at running things for a college football team.

ESPN's Chris Low was the first to report Hoke as the interim coach. How clear could it be that Tennessee was completely outmatched and Jones needed to be dismissed? The Vols are 4-6 this season, 0-6 in the conference and they close the season with two home games against LSU and Vanderbilt.

The Butch Jones era is over after five seasons in which he restored Tennessee's program to respectability, only to watch it regress this year after back-to-back nine-win seasons.

Jones ends his career in Knoxville with an overall record of 34-27. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Beverly) Davenport.

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

Butch's 2016 team scored 473 points and 63 touchdowns, both marks the most in a single season in Tennessee history.

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