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

Tennessee Vols set to take on potent Missouri offense in their final regular-season road contest of season

Hoke took over as the defensive line coach for the Volunteers this season after spending last season as the defensive coordinator at Oregon.

Butch's 2016 team scored 473 points and 63 touchdowns, both marks the most in a single season in Tennessee history. Jones was in his fifth year as the coach of the Vols. "I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors".

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.

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ESPN's Chris Low was the first to report Hoke as the interim coach. He has head coaching experience at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State.

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. Hoke could possibly be a head coach again, but after his disappointments at MI and at OR as the Ducks' defensive coordinator, scoring a job at a top program in the near future is extremely doubtful.

However, Jones did help produce nine National Football League draft picks during his Tennessee tenure and his players collected 18 All-SEC awards and 108 received SEC Academic Honor Roll honors. That was the second longest active streak in the FBS at the time and the longest for a Tennessee team since the Vols went undefeated in 1998 and won the first game of the '99 season. And now, the football program is looking for its fourth head coach in nine years.

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