Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news.
Jones had three years remaining on his contract, which owed him $4.1 million annually through the 2020 season. That loss moved Tennessee to 0-6 in the conference and 4-6 overall. When was this team going to overtake the competition in the SEC East, finally defeat Alabama, win a conference championship and be in the College Football Playoff discussion? Jones has gone 34-27 during his Tennessee tenure and is 14-24 in the SEC. Hoke was serving as the defensive line coach at Tennessee and was the head coach at MI before Jim Harbaugh.
A variety of names have been thrown around to replace Jones as the 24 coach of the Volunteers, including former OR head coach Chip Kelly, Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and Memphis head coach Mike Norvell. Butch Jones is out, and Brady Hoke will finish out the year calling the shots for the Vols. Tennessee lost to Mizzou last night 50-17. The Vols followed up that Georgia defeat by losing four of their next five games.
He also was a head coach at Ball State and San Diego State, holding an overall record of 78-70.
Defensive line coach Brady Hoke will reportedly serve as the interim head coach for the last two games of the season as the Vols try to become bowl eligible. Now Tennessee can officially join rival Florida on the coaching carousel in the pursuit of its next coach.
The major off-field issue during Jones' tenure was a Title IX lawsuit filed against the school a year ago by eight unidentified women accusing Tennessee of having a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.
Tennessee is winless in SEC conference play this year, including at Kentucky, just their second loss to the wildcats in the last 33 years.
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. The Vols also have never lost eight games in a season.