Jones was given the chance to coach the Vols' final two regular season games, but declined.
This is Jones' fifth season on the job and shaping up to be his worst since he went 5-7 upon taking over in 2013. The Volunteers showed some fight early on in the game, but looked completely lackluster in the second half Saturday night, getting outscored 26-0 in the second half. I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. He led the Volunteers to back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, and his overall record at Tennessee was 34-27 and 14-24 in the SEC.
Lost six of 10 games so far this season. How clear could it be that Tennessee was completely outmatched and Jones needed to be dismissed? Tennessee's average home attendance climbed from 89,965 the year before Jones' arrival to 100,968 last season.
Under Jones, the Vols didn't achieve the success they experienced in the 1990s.
Hoke took over as the defensive line coach for the Volunteers this season after spending last season as the defensive coordinator at Oregon. The Vols haven't won a SEC title since 1998, which was also the year Tennessee won the national championship under coach Philip Fulmer.
He also was a head coach at Ball State and San Diego State, holding an overall record of 78-70. Hoke was serving as the defensive line coach at Tennessee and was the head coach at MI before Jim Harbaugh.