Yet the awful effort showed that the team had quit on Jones or didn't consider him a coach for whom to show its best effort. Jones went 34-27 during his tenure.
Tennessee started the season 3-1 but has lost five of its last six games. Until Tennessee finds a new head coach, Brady Hoke will take over as interim coach for the rest of the season.
Jones' squad has been outscored 206-79 in six league games this season.
Tennessee's regular-season defeat at Vandy also dashed the chance for the school to go to its first Sugar Bowl in 25 years.
Martellus Bennett claimed off waivers by New England Patriots
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is playing Go Fish while the rest of the National Football League is showing their hand. For starters, three of Bennett's seven touchdowns last season came in one game (Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns ).
Jones entered this season with stable job security in the minds of the administration and Currie, but it was a pivotal season for Jones to continue progressing the program.
In his time with the Vols, Jones was 6-17 against ranked opponents and 0-7 against Top 5 foes. Now Tennessee can officially join rival Florida on the coaching carousel in the pursuit of its next coach. Ever since back-to-back home losses to Georgia and SC earlier this season, it has seemed likely that Tennessee would move in a different direction at the end of the year. He also coached at Ball State and San Diego.
The major off-field issue during Jones' tenure was a Title IX lawsuit filed against the school previous year by eight unidentified women accusing Tennessee of having a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes. That's after Tennessee went 32 years with just two head coaches - John Majors and Fulmer. Ish Witter ran for 216 yards and Rountree put up 156 yards. How clear could it be that Tennessee was completely outmatched and Jones needed to be dismissed?
Tennessee has never had a winless SEC record in 121 years playing football, but must beat LSU and Vanderbilt to prevent that from happening.
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