The Vols are now set to host LSU on Saturday, Nov. 18. 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.
Brady Hoke, the former Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator who was Tennessee's defensive line coach, takes over as interim head coach. "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community".
Jones posted a 6-18 record against ranked opponents and a 14-22 mark against teams with winning records.
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Jones was hired December 5th, 2012 and was the 24th head football coach in school history. The Bulldogs may have been even better than most predicted going into the season, while the Gators were also a disappointment that resulted in the firing of head coach Jim McElwain. Surprisingly, the Vols won both of those games. The Vols would have to win their remaining regular season games against LSU and Vanderbilt to become bowl eligible. Because Jones was let go without cause, he will be entitled to be paid a buyout of $8,257,580.00, unless there are any deals between the two sides to agree to a reduced buyout. He has head coaching experience at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State.
The storied program was guided by two head coaches for 32 years - John Majors and Phillip Fulmer.
This comes one day after the Vols were blown out 50-17 at Missouri and the Vols' fifth loss in their last six games. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards.