Tennessee, winless this season in SEC play, has fired its fifth-year coach Butch Jones with two games left in the regular season.
Tennessee athletic director John Currie said at a news conference on Sunday;
Late [Saturday] night, it was evident this was probably the direction we needed to go for the best of all concerned. We wanted our student-athletes to have the best possible chance for success. We want Coach Jones and his family to be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
He further added;
We want to be able to focus, from my perspective, on the search going forward.
As per the report, the defensive line coach Brady Hoke is going to serve as the Volunteers' interim head coach.
On Saturday, Tennessee was blown out 50-17 for the Vols' fifth loss in their past six games at Missouri. A couple of weeks ago, they lost at Kentucky that made only their second loss to the Wildcats in the past 33 years.
Tennessee Ousters Coach Butch Jones After Blowout Loss At Missouri
John said he was looking for someone "with the highest integrity and character, with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships."
We expect our coach to have the dynamics that would enable him to lead us to where we know Tennessee football can and should be," Currie said. "Our coach needs to know what that looks like.
The Vols' next coach is going to be Tennessee's fifth head coach in the past 11 years. That is after Tennessee went 32 years with just two head coaches: Phillip Fulmer and John Majors.