Tennessee announced some shocking news regarding its coaching staff on Wednesday. The Vols revealed that coach Butch Jones and defensive coordinator John Jancek will part ways.
“John and I had a long discussion this morning and we both came to the conclusion that it was best to part ways,” Jones said in a statement. “I want to thank Coach Jancek for his contributions to the University of Tennessee football program the past three years.
“His hard work and dedication to this program played a major role in our back-to-back bowl wins. These decisions are never easy especially for someone I have worked with at three different schools. We feel strongly about the direction our program is headed and will work diligently to find the best person available to lead our defense.”
Jancek has a long history of coaching in the SEC, with stops at Tennessee and UGA. He has coached at Tennessee since 2013.
The Vols ranked No. 16 nationally in scoring defense in 2015. The Vols ranked No. 45 nationally in rushing defense and No. 47 in passing defense.
— John Jancek (@UTCoachJancek) January 6, 2016
However, statistics don’t tell the whole story. Jancek’s defense was often challenged by Tennessee’s up-tempo offense that didn’t allow the Vols’ defense much rest. Tennessee lead the SEC in offensive plays per game this season and was one of two schools in the conference in the top 30 nationally (Texas A&M was tied for 30th).
It will be interesting to see where Janeck might end up. He coached five years at UGA for Mark Richt, who is now the coach at Miami. Tennessee defensive backs coach Willie Martinez also coached for Richt at UGA.