Tennessee recruit: Butch Jones 'told me to find a place to go'

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Some reports suggested Jones was given the option of coaching out the remainder of the season, only to have Jones turn down the offer.

When asked what led him to the decision, Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie was blunt and to the point. After back-to-back 9-4 seasons under Jones, the Volunteers were just 4-6 this year and lost 50-17 at Missouri on Saturday. Ever since back-to-back home losses to Georgia and SC earlier this season, it has seemed likely that Tennessee would move in a different direction at the end of the year.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke, the former head coach at MI, will serve as UT's interim coach for the remainder of the season.

"An exhaustive search is underway for a person of the highest integrity and character with the skills and vision to propel Tennessee to championships". The liquidated damages will be paid in monthly installments through February 28, 2021. Tennessee was picked to win the East past year but stumbled after a 5-0 start. According to the letter of dismissal Currie sent Sunday, the school owes Jones a buyout of $8.26 million. All of Jones' assistants are under contract through next season. He struggled to get the Vols on table footing in SEC competition, posting a 14-24 record against conference foes and was unable to get the program over the hump against rival Florida, Georgia and Alabama consistently.

Fans who loved Jones' constant references to the "Brick by Brick" approach of building a program when he first arrived at Tennessee started to mock his frequent use of clichés and catchphrases.

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As we discussed this morning, The University of Tennessee is exercising its right to terminate your employment and your Employment Agreement, as amended by Amendment 1 fully executed on December 10, 2014 and Amendment 2 fully executed on December 15, 2015, (collectively, the "Agreement"), without cause pursuant to Article III, Section 3.1 of the Agreement. "The Jones family has poured their heart and soul into this Tennessee football program and the Knoxville community".

No matter how things go from here this season, Hoke is not a serious candidate to be the permanent head coach at Tennessee.

When making the next hire, though, Currie said money will not be an issue.

Jones' record against each SEC school during his tenure in Knoxville is as follows. He was also the head coach at Central Michigan from 2007 to 2009.