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

Butch Jones fired by Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has fired coach Butch Jones with two games left in a regular season in which the Volunteers started ranked but are now still winless in the Southeastern Conference.

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news.

Reports indicate Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones has been fired from the University of Tennessee.

Before Sunday's decision, the Volunteers had suffered a string of embarrassing losses, including a 57-17 blowout to Missouri last week.

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With Jones" axing, Tennessee said it will now conduct an "exhaustive search' to look for its fifth coach in 11 years. The loss dropped the Vols to 4-6 on the season and 34-27 under Jones.

Jones was hired December 5th, 2012 and was the 24th head football coach in school history. Tennessee's average home attendance climbed from 89,965 the year before Jones' arrival to 100,968 last season.

Lost six of 10 games so far this season.

Under Jones, the Vols didn't achieve the success they experienced in the 1990s.

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ESPN's Chris Low reported that Brady Joke, former Ball State, San Diego State and MI head coach, will be the interim coach for the Vols. He also coached at Ball State and San Diego. Coach Brady Hoke has been interim head coach.

Dooley, Johnny Majors, Doug Dickey and Bowden Wyatt are the only Tennessee coaches to endure one-win conference campaigns.

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.

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