Tennessee coaching candidates: Six coaches who could replace Butch Jones

What seemed like an inevitability became a reality on Sunday when Tennessee announced head coach Butch Jones had been let go after Saturday night’s 50-17 loss to Missouri.

With the loss, the Vols have now lost their most recent game to every SEC team — including his last one to Tennessee as Cincinnati’s coach prior to taking the gig on Rocky Top.

But the bigger question is who will replace Jones in 2018. Let’s break down the top six candidates.

Jon Gruden: No Tennessee coaching hot board would be complete without the good ole #GRUMORS on it. What’s clear this time around is that new athletic director John Currie will make a serious run at the former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach.

Gruden is 95-81 in 11 years as an NFL coach, won Super Bowl XXXVII following the 2002 season with the Bucs, has ties to the area and has been mentioned as a candidate ever since being fired by the Buccaneers following the 2008 season. He has not coached in college since he was the wide receivers coach for Pitt in 1991, and served as a graduate assistant with Tennessee in 1986-87.

CBS Sports’ own Jason La Canfora reports that Gruden would only consider NFL work if he does decide to return

Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/tennessee-coaching-candidates-six-coaches-who-could-replace-butch-jones/

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