Jones was head coach at Central Michigan for three years and Cincinnati for three, both times following Brian Kelly, before coming to Tennessee to replace disgraced Derek Dooley, who was 16-21 in three years UT. His overall head coaching record is 148-78 and was 11-2 in his first season at MI.
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. Jones has already informed his staff of his firing and meet with players around 1 p.m. "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community".
Coach Jones, we wish you well in your future endeavors.
Hoke's first test as the head coach of the Volunteers is this coming Saturday when they host Louisiana State.
The sudden decline has been shocking.
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. All four of those goals seem now far out of reach, which obviously isn't the objective in Knoxville.
ESPN reported that defensive line coach Brady Hoke - a former head coach at Ball State, San Diego State and MI - will serve as the interim for the rest of the season.
Hoke has been a head coach for 12 seasons, making stops at Ball State and San Diego State before arriving in Ann Arbor in 2011.
It appears Hoke is only being considered as a temporary solution; the Volunteers will limp through the rest of the season and try to find a high profile coach in the offseason.
Ever since the day Jim Harbaugh was hired as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, there have been constant rumors about him leaving his alma mater to return to the NFL.