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Former Michigan man Brady Hoke is a head coach again

13 November, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • LSU's next opponent, Tennessee, fires its head coach: report

Tennessee began the season in the Top 25 and is ending it with a coaching change. The report originated with Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated.

The Vols' latest setback, and apparently the final straw for athletic director John Currie, was Saturday's embarrassing 50-17 blowout against Missouri.

Hoke has a 78-70 combined record as a head coach, and he went 11-2 and reached the Sugar Bowl in his first year at MI.

Tennessee hasn't reached the SEC championship game since 2007 and hasn't won a conference title since its 1998 national championship season. Jones went 34-27 during his tenure.

Jones struggled to win consistently within the SEC, especially against rivals Florida, Georgia and Alabama. His record at the school is skewed by a 5-7 record in his first season, and a 4-6 finish this year.

Now, the Vols are looking for a fourth head coach since 2009.

Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) managed just 285 total yards. They have also lost their last game against each of the other 13 teams in the SEC dating back to 2011. That stretch includes a 41-0 loss to Georgia that marked the Vols' most lopsided home defeat since 1905. Tennessee lost at Vanderbilt later that week, and the "champions of life" remark turned into an internet meme. The team also lost to SC and Kentucky (just their second loss to the Wildcats in 33 years) before getting a non-conference respite against Southern Miss.

Hoke is a familiar name to college football fans, as the former head coach at MI (2011-2014), San Diego State (2009-2010) and Ball State (2003-2008).

According to ESPN, defensive line coach Brady Hoke will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

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. Derek Dooley, who was Tennessee's coach from 2010-12, has none.

"We expect our coach to have the dynamics that would enable him to lead us to where we know Tennessee football can and should be", Currie said.

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