After five years at the helm for Tennessee football, Butch Jones was fired after a 50-17 blowout loss at Missouri. This loss marks the fifth loss in the last six games for the Vols.
This comes as no surprise as many thought Jones would be fired earlier in the season. Coming into the year, the Vols had one of their worst seasons to date despite entering the season as one of the favorites in the SEC.
“Unfortunately, we are not where we need to be competitively,” Tennessee athletic director John Currie said Sunday in a statement. “For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down.”
Jones led the Vols to back-to-back nine win seasons in 2015 and 2016 but has struggled as of late as his former team is currently winless in SEC play.
Jones will leave Tennessee with a 34-27 overall record. Heading into the season, Jones was already on the hot seat because this was really a make or break year for the Vols. The biggest loss of the year that made many fans call for his job was a 41-0 blowout against Georgia at home.
While Jones is without a job currently, it is likely there will be a spot open for him on a smaller college program in the country. He has proven that he can be a good college coach. Coaching at a program like Tennessee, however, demands greatness and Jones was not able to achieve that.
For Tennessee, they are currently searching for a new head coach and are hoping to fill the position as soon as possible, Currie said.
This will be a very attractive option for man coaches across the country as it is one of the more storied programs in college football. Whoever does end up getting the job, however, will have their work cut out for them.