Butch Jones out as Tennessee's head coach, search for replacement underway

Drew Lock's 31 touchdown passes are the most of any Football Bowl Subdivision player.	 AP

Drew Lock's 31 touchdown passes are the most of any Football Bowl Subdivision player. AP

After initial reports on Sunday broke the news of the latest coaching change in college football, Tennessee Athletics Director John Currie has now confirmed it through a statement. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee".

"He said he didn't really expect that to happen, but it did so he told me to find a place to go, quickly ... and if he gets anything he will contact me", Ingle said. Jones went 34-27 during his tenure. They have also lost their last game against each of the other 13 teams in the SEC dating back to 2011. 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. The Vols went 5-7 his first season and improved to 7-5 in his next year to return to a bowl.

Jones was sacked Sunday before completing his fifth season.

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The major off-field issue during Jones' tenure was a Title IX lawsuit filed against the school a year ago by eight unidentified women accusing Tennessee of having a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

The Vols lost to LSU in that season's SEC Championship and beat Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl.

Jones, hired at Tennessee on December 7, 2012, as the Vols' 24 head coach, after winning four conference championships in his previous six years, and his staff have done a terrific job recruiting players to Tennessee, but the development of many has been widely considered sub-par. He also coached at Ball State and San Diego.

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Tennessee's Interm Head Coach Is? And now, the football program is looking for its fourth head coach in nine years. During Tennessee's four game losing streak through October, the offense went 15 straight quarters without a touchdown.

The Tigers amassed a whopping 659 yards of total offense, including a massive 433 yards on the ground.

Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) managed just 285 total yards.

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The Vols had several signature wins under Jones, including thrilling come-from-behind victories over Georgia in 2015 and Florida in 2016, as well as a last-second defeat of Georgia in 2016 on a Hail Mary by senior quarterback Josh Dobbs.

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