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.
The Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) have dropped five of their last six games, including a 50-17 loss to Missouri on Saturday. One month later, Tennessee lost 29-26 at Kentucky, which represented just the second time the Vols had fallen to the Wildcats in their last 33 meetings.
Brady Hoke will serve as interim head coach for the rest of season.
Tennessee hired Jones away from Cincinnati to replace Derek Dooley following the 2012 season.
LSU will take on an interim coach on Saturday night.
Tennessee's Interm Head Coach Is?
Jones stabilized a rocky program, but Tennessee's regression in Year 5 has been startling, losing all six SEC games and facing the real possibility of missing a bowl game for the fourth time in eight years.
This is Jones' fifth season on the job and shaping up to be his worst since he went 5-7 upon taking over in 2013. Tennessee was picked to win the East previous year but stumbled after a 5-0 start.
Before the 2017 season, Jones had led Tennessee to two nine-win seasons during the 2015 and 2016 season, respectively. He has head coaching experience at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State.
The 59-year-old Hoke has head coaching experience at Ball State (six years), San Diego State (two years) and MI (four years), and after his dismissal at MI after the 2014 season, Hoke was out of coaching for a year before spending the 2016 season as Oregon's defensive coordinator. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Beverly) Davenport. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee".
The Tigers amassed a whopping 659 yards of total offense, including a massive 433 yards on the ground.