Tennessee officials are reportedly discussing head football coach Butch Jones’ immediate future on Sunday afternoon, sources close to the program confirmed to SEC Country‘s Mike Griffith.

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.

Griffith also noted that plans for Jones’ weekly Monday press conference have not yet been announced by the university. He also said that the coach who “checks all the boxes” as a potential replacement would be David Cutcliffe, but the Vols have reportedly offered Jon Gruden over $10 million to be the coach right now. However, nothing official has come out about that.

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