On Sunday, Butch Jones was sacked as head coach of the Volunteers with two games remaining in a miserable season.
Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news.
Tennessee has fired football Butch Jones just shy of finishing his fifth season in what became a calamitous 2017 season in which the Vols have failed to win any of their six Southeastern Conference games. We want Coach Jones and his family to be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. But during an injury-plagued 2016 season, the Vols were unable to capitalize on early season wins over Florida and Georgia and lost games to SC and Vanderbilt late in the season to squander a chance to play in their first SEC championship game since 2007, Phillip Fulmer's next-to-last season.
Tennessee last won an SEC championship in 1998, the same year the Vols won the national championship with an unbeaten 13-0 record. His record at the school is skewed by a 5-7 record in his first season, and a 4-6 finish this year. The Bulldogs may have been even better than most predicted going into the season, while the Gators were also a disappointment that resulted in the firing of head coach Jim McElwain.
Jones took over Tennessee in 2013 as Derek Dooley's replacement. Tennessee lost to Mizzou last night 50-17. That stretch includes a 41-0 loss to Georgia that marked the Vols' most lopsided home defeat since 1905.More news: Portia de Rossi makes sexual harassment claims against Steven Seagal
Defensive line coach Brady Hoke will replace Jones for the rest of the season with games against LSU and Vanderbilt remaining. One month later, Tennessee lost 29-26 at Kentucky, which represented just the second time the Vols had fallen to the Wildcats in their last 33 meetings.
The major off-field issue during Jones' tenure was a Title IX lawsuit filed against the school past year by eight unidentified women accusing Tennessee of having a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.
"We expect our coach to have the dynamics that would enable him to lead us to where we know Tennessee football can and should be", Currie said.
The 59-year-old Hoke has head coaching experience at Ball State (six years), San Diego State (two years) and MI (four years), and after his dismissal at MI after the 2014 season, Hoke was out of coaching for a year before spending the 2016 season as Oregon's defensive coordinator.