For the sake of the coach and the fan base, the trigger has to be pulled tomorrow, right? Right?!?!
For the better part of the 2017 season — hell, even heading into it — it’s been a foregone conclusion that it’s a matter of when, not if, Butch Jones is fired as Tennessee’s head football coach. In Week 11, that drumbeat of an argument got even louder and more resounding as UT went into Columbia and headed back to Knoxville on the receiving end of a 50-17 woodshedding by Missouri.
With the loss, the Volunteers are now 0-6 SEC play. Since the SEC was formed in 1933 until 2010, the Vols had never been 0-6 in the conference. From 2011 until now, they’ve been 0-6 in SEC play three times — twice under Derek Dooley (2011, 2012) and this year under Jones.
Dooley was fired with one game left in the 2012 season after going 15-21 in nearly three seasons. With two games left in Jones’ fifth season, the Vols are 34-26 under the beleaguered coach’s stewardship.
While the cupboard may have been bare when he arrived, the lack of success can’t be blamed on the paucity of on-paper talent.
It’s gotten beyond obvious that there’s no way Jones can survive this season. Why not cut ties now and begin the process of resurrecting the storied program?
Full disclosure that needs to be made: the Vols are 57-54 and on their third head coach since Phil Fulmer was fired in 2008. Just saying is all.