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Tennessee Coaching Rumors Roundup: Butch Jones Buyout, Jon Gruden, and More

Tennessee Coaching Rumors Roundup: Butch Jones Buyout, Jon Gruden, and More

The Butch Jones era featured several euphoric wins but too many heartbreaking losses.

The next man up will be the fifth head football coach in Knoxville in the last 11 seasons. On Sunday Morning he notified his team that he will no longer be coaching at Tennessee. Tennessee has shown itself incapable of beating virtually any team in the SEC, but it wasn't unreasonable to expect a victory against the Tigers - or at the very least, show some competitiveness.

Hoke is in his first year at Tennessee.

Coach Jones, we wish you well in your future endeavors. The Vols play host to LSU this Saturday, then close the regular season with a home game against Vanderbilt.

The sudden decline has been shocking. He's put together three consecutive winning seasons and bowl game victories.

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But Jones couldn't push his program up to the higher level that Vols fans expected.

However, Jones was never able to take UT back to the SEC Championship game. Butch Jones is out as the head coach of the Vols, and Brady Hoke is officially the interim coach for the remainder of the season. He also coached at Ball State and San Diego. But it's highly likely that he'll only be an interim coach and not be considered for the permanent position after the season.

Ever since the day Jim Harbaugh was hired as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, there have been constant rumors about him leaving his alma mater to return to the NFL.

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. Hoke is in his first year as Tennessee's defensive line coach. Finding the right guy has been hard, and there will be intense pressure to get it right this next time.