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

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Numerous reports Sunday morning say Jones was sacked; Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman was the first to report it. GN's Jimmy Hyams says Jones was offered the opportunity to coach the final two games but declined. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news late Sunday morning.

Butch Jones apparently isn't too interested in keeping the recruiting class he assembled in place at Tennessee.

Missouri crushed Tennessee 50-17 on Saturday night, dropping the Vols to 4-6 ocerall and 0-6 in the SEC.

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.

The next man up will be the fifth head football coach in Knoxville in the last 11 seasons.

Ingle told the Sentinel he will take his visits - definitely to NC State and maybe to Virginia Tech - while also keeping an eye on who the Vols end up hiring to succeed Jones, who finished with a 34-27 (14-24 SEC) record at Tennessee.

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Jones stabilized a rocky program, but Tennessee's regression in Year 5 has been startling, losing all six SEC games and facing the real possibility of missing a bowl game for the fourth time in eight years.

Tennessee is winless in SEC conference play this year, including at Kentucky, just their second loss to the wildcats in the last 33 years.

But Jones couldn't push his program up to the higher level that Vols fans expected.

Defensive line assistant Brady Hoke will assume the interim head coach responsibilities for the Vols. Tennessee was picked to win the East past year but stumbled after a 5-0 start.

Tennessee hasn't reached the SEC championship game since 2007 and hasn't won a conference title since its 1998 national championship season. 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.

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