Tennessee, 4-6 overall and 0-6 in the SEC, in danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2013, Jones' first season.
Jones, 49, was 34-27 in five seasons at Tennessee.
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Jones, hired at Tennessee on December 7, 2012, as the Vols' 24 head coach, after winning four conference championships in his previous six years, and his staff have done a terrific job recruiting players to Tennessee, but the development of many has been widely considered sub-par.
The Vols' latest setback, and apparently the final straw for athletic director John Currie, was Saturday's embarrassing 50-17 blowout against Missouri. Tennessee was picked to win the East a year ago but stumbled after a 5-0 start. That stretch includes a 41-0 loss to Georgia that marked the Vols' most lopsided home defeat since 1905.
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Injuries played a major role in Jones' demise.
As Tennessee moves forward with the "exhaustive search" to replace Butch Jones, the football staff in place will try to maintain relationships with the 2018 recruiting class.
Fans who loved Jones' constant references to the "Brick by Brick" approach of building a program when he first arrived at Tennessee started to mock his frequent use of clichés and catchphrases.
QB Michael Penix also spoke on the firing of Jones, and he said the coaching change is something out of his control. During that time, the program has improved tremendously in the areas of academics, discipline and community involvement. He was making $4.11 million per year at Tennessee. The suit was settled for $2.48 million in July 2016.
Jones' squad has been outscored 206-79 in six league games this season.