Report: Butch Jones Expected to Coach Against Southern Miss

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    For Vol fans wanting to see a change at the head coaching position after Tennessee’s 29-26 loss to Kentucky, the news on Sunday morning won’t make you happy.

    According to a report from long-time Knoxville reporter Jimmy Hyams, Butch Jones is expected to be the coach of the Vols when they take on Southern Miss for homecoming on November 4th.

    As Hyams points out, Jones coaching the Vols’ next game doesn’t mean he survives the whole season. But with Tennessee at 3-5 and bowl eligibility looking less and less likely for the 2017 team, fans are ravenous for a change and to hear something from Tennessee’s leadership.

    Right now, the silence from athletic director John Currie and the rest of Tennessee’s administration is deafening. And it’s only getting worse as the losses continue to pile up.

    The Vols have lost four consecutive games and are 0-5 in SEC play. They were handed blowout losses by Georgia and Alabama, and they’ve suffered close losses to Florida, South Carolina, and Kentucky.

    And that loss to Kentucky? That was only the second time Kentucky had beaten Tennessee in football since 1985. The other time? In 2011, when Derek Dooley was head coach.

    If Hyams is correct, Jones will be on the sideline when Tennessee hosts Southern Miss for homecoming this upcoming weekend. And if that’s the case, expect a chorus of boos from fans whenever  Jones’ name is announced pre-game. And also expect the attendance to be woefully low for the game as well.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.