KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — University of Tennessee officials are discussing Butch Jones’ immediate future as coach of the Vols on Sunday afternoon, according to sources close to the program.
Tennessee (3-5, 0-5 SEC) has lost four consecutive games, including a 29-26 defeat at Kentucky that registers as the program’s second loss in the past 33 years to the Wildcats.
Jones told the media Saturday night he was “absolutely” certain that first-year Vols athletic director John Currie would support him the remainder of the season, but it appears that might not be the case.
SEC Country reported last week that Jones likely would need to win the rest of the games in the regular season to be retained, starting with the Kentucky game.
Florida reportedly decided to part ways with coach Jim McElwain on Sunday, a day after the Gators’ 42-7 setback to rival Georgia. Tennessee fans, meanwhile, have been vocal about their displeasure with Jones this season, to the point of frequently calling and emailing Currie.
Jones normally meets with the media on Monday at noon, but plans for this week have not yet been announced by the school. Tennessee has five coaches on Jones’ staff who have been been head coached in a full-time or interim basis.