Tennessee has reportedly fired head coach Butch Jones, according to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
The move follows a 50-17 loss to Missouri, the team’s third blowout against an SEC opponent this season. With the loss, the Vols had lost every single one of their most recent matchups against all 13 other SEC teams.
The CFB subreddit’s official Twitter account broke down Tennessee’s SEC losing streak even further, providing the score from each of the 13 losses and it isn’t pretty:
The Vols are currently 4-6 (0-6 SEC) with two home games remaining against LSU and Vanderbilt in order to earn bowl eligibility.
Jones had been on the hot seat for the majority of the season, but remained employed until Sunday despite horrendous results in recent games. Jones, went 14-24 against SEC teams during five seasons with the Vols, addressed questions about his future and the team’s final two games during his postgame press conference on Saturday.
“The message is the same,” Jones said. “We have two games left. And it’s all about this football team and how we finish. We work exceptionally hard every single day, and it’s very disappointing when you invest the way you invest each and every day to win on Saturdays. And that’s what it’s all about.
“It’s about these seniors. It’s about these players. It ain’t about the coach. It ain’t about nothing else. It’s about our players and it’s about our seniors. And again, how do we finish? Another great challenge Saturday night at Neyland against LSU, a great opportunity.”
Needless to say, Rocky Top has seen better days.