It’s official. Butch Jones has been relieved of his duties as the head coach of the University of Tennessee football team.
Breaking: Tennessee has fired head coach Butch Jones. pic.twitter.com/t3ShsTT8Dp
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 12, 2017
After a demolishing 50-17 loss at the hands of the Missouri Tigers on Saturday night, Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie and his administration felt it was best to part ways with the nearly five-year head coach.
Other sources say that Butch was given the option to finish out the season before stepping down, but he respectfully declined.
Breaking news: Tennessee coach Butch Jones has been fired and has informed his coaches. Jones was given the chance to coach the last 2 games and declined, a source said.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) November 12, 2017
The defensive line coach, Brady Hoke, was named as the interim head coach shortly after the announcement of Jones’s firing.
There has been one name that has been all over Vol Twitter as someone everybody wants to fill the vacant position: Jon Gruden.
— Brady Clark (@BradyClark3) November 12, 2017
Gruden is the face of Monday Night Football and even won a Super Bowl when he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This isn’t the first time Gruden’s name has appeared as a candidate for the Tennessee coaching job. His name was thrown around very frequently the year Jones was hired to take things over.
Jones went 14-24 in conference play at the helm of the program, which is the fourth worst among SEC teams during his tenure, and he led the team to a 0-6 start in the SEC this season.
This move has been a long time coming for the former head ball coach.