University of Tenn.’s interim coach, Brady Hoke, discusses firing of Butch Jones

KNOXVILLE, TN (WJHL/WATE) – The University of Tennessee is on the hunt for a new head football coach.

Head Coach Butch Jones told staff on Sunday that he had been relieved of his duties.

Jones’ firing comes as the Tennessee Vols have yet to win a conference game this year.

And it follows a 50 to 17 loss to conference opponent Missouri over the weekend.

That takes the Vols 0-6 in the conference and 4-6 overall.

As UT searches for a new coach. Defensive Line Coach Brady Hoke will lead the Vols. Tennessee has only two games left in this season.

During his first news conference on Monday, Hoke said, “We’re gonna tweak some things because of the comfort level I have in running a program. I have to be who I am.” He told reporters that he hadn’t thought about being a head coach again.

Practices will now be closed because Hoke believes that is what is best for the team.

“You have to move forward. If we don’t move forward from a competitive standpoint as coaches, you won’t get that from the players,” said Hoke.

Hoke said Jones was a good man, but the team will have to support each other.

“We’ve got to lean on each other. And we’ve got to understand that it would be great to take our seniors to another bowl game.”

Also, the interim head coach said he believes social media has made the game of football harder.

Related: Butch Jones out at Tennessee

The LSU Tigers are fresh off a win against Arkansas, 10-33. They are 3rd in the SEC West and 21st in the AP Coaches Poll.

Saturday’s game will take place at Neyland at 7 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN

WATE Contributed to this report.

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