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

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

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news.

Head Coach of the University of Tennessee collegiate football team has been sacked following a dismal year where the team has yet to win a single game in the SEC.

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

"I spoke with Coach Jones about 30 minutes ago", Tennessee commit Tanner Ingle told the Orlando Sentinel.

'For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down'. I want to make clear that we are intensely committed to hiring the best coach of Tennessee.

Tennessee was 34-27 in five seasons under Jones and 3-0 in bowl games, but the program was clearly in need of new direction as Jones' tactics were not having the kind of impact and success Tennessee had hoped to see by now.

As Tennessee's struggles continued, the criticism of Jones mounted.

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

Two weeks prior, Tennessee had dropped a game at Kentucky, their second loss to the team in 33 years. The Vols also have never lost eight games in a season.

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

Currie said defensive line coach Brady Hoke will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Hoke could possibly be a head coach again, but after his disappointments at MI and at OR as the Ducks' defensive coordinator, scoring a job at a top program in the near future is extremely doubtful.

Tennessee hasn't reached the SEC championship game since 2007 and hasn't won a conference title since its 1998 national championship season. Hoke has a career coaching record of 78-70 between three jobs with Ball State, San Diego State and MI.

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