LSU's next opponent, Tennessee, fires its head coach

Tennessee Vols set to take on potent Missouri offense in their final regular-season road contest of season

Jones was 34-27 at Tennessee, including back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2015 and 2016.

The decision was made Sunday, a day after Tennessee was blown out 50-17 at Missouri, the Vols' fifth loss in their last six games. But down the stretch the Vols went 3-4 to close out the regular season, with a loss to SC off the bye week that ended chances of making it to the SEC Championship Game.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke will replace Jones for the rest of the season with games against LSU and Vanderbilt remaining. Currie said he was looking for someone "with the highest integrity and character, with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships". Prior to his stint at Tennessee, Jones was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati from 2010 to 2012.

Jones was sacked Sunday before completing his fifth season.

Jones was under contract through February 28, 2021. How clear could it be that Tennessee was completely outmatched and Jones needed to be dismissed? He's owed about $8.25 million in buyout money, according to the terms of his contract, although he's required to seek comparable employment to mitigate the damages. Jones went 3-0 in bowl games with the Vols. All of Jones' assistants are under contract through next season.

However, Jones was never able to take UT back to the SEC Championship game.




Fans who loved Jones' constant references to the "Brick by Brick" approach of building a program when he first arrived at Tennessee started to mock his frequent use of clich├ęs and catchphrases. "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community".

When Jones took over in 2013, Tennessee had recorded just one winning season in the previous five years and had lost at least six games in a season for five straight years.

"I have tremendous respect for Coach Jones and for (Jones' wife) Barb", Currie said.

However, Jones did help produce nine National Football League draft picks during his Tennessee tenure and his players collected 18 All-SEC awards and 108 received SEC Academic Honor Roll honors.

He also was a head coach at Ball State and San Diego State, holding an overall record of 78-70.

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