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

UPDATE: Butch Jones' time as Tennessee football coach is over

The Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) are in danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2013, Jones' first season.The famed rock at UT's Knoxville campus has already been painted with a sign referencing Butch Jones' exit from the Volunteers' football program.

The Vols fell to Missouri on Saturday by a score of 50-17.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke, the former University of MI head coach, will serve as UT's interim head coach for the last two games.

Tennessee hired Jones away from Cincinnati to replace Derek Dooley following the 2012 season.

Tennessee hasn't reached the SEC championship game since 2007 and hasn't won a conference title since its 1998 national championship season. Hoke is in his first year as Tennessee's defensive line coach.

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Before the 2017 season, Jones had led Tennessee to two nine-win seasons during the 2015 and 2016 season, respectively.

Brady Hoke, who spent four mostly unsuccessful years as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, is getting another shot at running things for a college football team.

For the previous 32 years, ESPN noted, the Vols had just two head coaches: John Majors and Phillip Fulmer. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Beverly) Davenport. I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards.

If Tennessee wanted to wait until after the season to make a coaching change, the football team's lack of success made that an increasingly hard choice.

Tennessee has never had a winless SEC record in 121 years playing football, but must beat LSU and Vanderbilt to prevent that from happening.

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