U-Tennessee Sacks Saugatuck's Butch Jones as Grid Coach

Butch Jones fired by Tennessee

The move has seemed nearly inevitable for weeks. His buyout states that if he's fired without cause, Tennessee would owe him over $8 million. Tennessee, 4-6 overall and 0-6 in the SEC, in danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2013, Jones' first season.

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

"I would like to emphasize how much I appreciate Butch and Barb Jones and their sons, Alex, Adam and Andrew", the statement form Currie reads.

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

Two weeks prior, Tennessee had dropped a game at Kentucky, their second loss to the team in 33 years.

The Vols' late-season fade in 2016 turned up the heat on Jones.

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Lost six of 10 games so far this season.

Tennessee fans have been clamoring for Jones' firing for most of the season, but reached a fever pitch on September 30 when they were shut out by Georgia 41-0 at home.

Under Jones' watch, Tennessee's football program dramatically improved its Academic Progress Rate, which had been so low at the start of his tenure that the school was at risk of facing penalties.

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. "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community".

"We have been fortunate to have coach Jones lead our program for the past five years", Currie said.

Jones' squad has been outscored 206-79 in six league games this season.

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