Brady Hoke to serve as interim head coach at Tennessee

Sheri Evans
November 13, 2017

Jones is officially under contract through February 28, 2021, and according to the USA Today coaches' contract database, the cost of letting Jones and all of his assistants go at the end of the season could add up to about $13.9 million.

It was widely assumed that Jones would be the next SEC head coach to go after Florida fired Jim McElwain, and many expected Tennessee to make the move sooner. One who announced he was opening up his recruitment was three-star athlete Tanner Ingle, who told the Orlando Sentinel he had already spoken with Jones. I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach of Tennessee. During his time as head coach, he led Tennessee to a 34-27 record and took the Vols to three-straight bowl games. Tennessee lost to Mizzou last night 50-17. Until Tennessee finds a new head coach, Brady Hoke will take over as interim coach for the rest of the season. All of Jones' assistants are under contract through next season.

Jones entered this season with stable job security in the minds of the administration and Currie, but it was a pivotal season for Jones to continue progressing the program. Now Tennessee can officially join rival Florida on the coaching carousel in the pursuit of its next coach. When was this team going to overtake the competition in the SEC East, finally defeat Alabama, win a conference championship and be in the College Football Playoff discussion? 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.

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Hoke has been a head coach for 12 seasons, making stops at Ball State and San Diego State before arriving in Ann Arbor in 2011. The Vols went winless in October and have dropped five of their last six games.

Regardless of preseason projections, a 4-6 overall record and 0-6 mark in the SEC was not what anyone wanted to see in Knoxville.

The storied program was guided by two head coaches for 32 years - John Majors and Phillip Fulmer. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards. Butch Jones is out, and Brady Hoke will finish out the year calling the shots for the Vols.

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