While many Tennessee fans have been clamoring for Butch Jones’ termination, the fifth-year coach may already be focused on his future endeavors.
According to the Read Optional’s Trey Wallace, Jones’ agent Jimmy Sexton has reportedly been pursuing a landing spot for the coach for several weeks and has already settled on a buyout with Tennessee.
On Sunday, SEC Country reported that Jones didn’t plan on resigning as the Vols’ head coach following a meeting with athletic director John Currie.
Tennessee officials reportedly discussed Jones’ future with the program, which concluded with Currie passing through the football wing of the Anderson Training Center.
The Vols are currently facing a four-game losing streak, which included a 29-26 loss at Kentucky on Saturday. Prior to the game, Tennessee hadn’t scored an offensive touchdown in 15 consecutive quarters.
Jones told media members that he was “absolutely” certain Tennessee athletic director John Currie would support him through the remainder of the season during his postgame press conference on Saturday.
The fifth-year coach holds a 33-26 (14-23 SEC) record with the Vols. He led Tennessee to bowl games victories during the last three seasons, but entered the 2017 season on the hot seat after failing to meet last year’s preseason expectations of winning the SEC East.
So far, Jones’ Vols have lost a heartbreaker in Gainesville on a last second Hail Mary, barely survived a close game against winless UMass, were blown out at home by Georgia, failed to score a touchdown in a 15-9 loss to South Carolina and suffered a 45-7 rout at Alabama.