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.
Currie said defensive line coach Brady Hoke will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Tennessee hired Jones away from Cincinnati to replace Derek Dooley following the 2012 season. The Volunteers showed some fight early on in the game, but looked completely lackluster in the second half Saturday night, getting outscored 26-0 in the second half.
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Tennessee, which opened the season ranked 25th, has lost its first six SEC games by an average margin of 21.2 points. Hoke, the former head coach at MI, is in his first year at Tennessee. He also coached at Ball State and San Diego.
Before the 2017 season, Jones had led Tennessee to two nine-win seasons during the 2015 and 2016 season, respectively.
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 (Kim) Davenport. "I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach for Tennessee". By the end of the Missouri game, Tennessee had only five available scholarship offensive linemen, including two true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards. The Vols followed up that Georgia defeat by losing four of their next five games.