November 13th, 2017 | by CollegeAD

When Rick Barnes heard on Sunday that Tennessee was firing head football coach Butch Jones, his stomach dropped. Barnes talked at length about the Jones era ending on Sunday, expectations in college athletics, negativity on social media and what’s demanded of coaches while speaking to the QB Club crowd at Calhoun’s on the River. In five seasons at Tennessee, Jones led the Vols to a 34-27 record. He went 14-24 in SEC play. Tennessee went 9-4 in both 2015 and 2016 and won three straight bowl games before a 4-6 record this season, including a winless 0-6 mark in league play, led to Jones being fired Sunday morning. Hart was hired as Tennessee’s athletic director in 2011. He fired Derek Dooley late in the 2012 season and hired Jones away from Cincinnati on Dec. 7, 2012. In three seasons at Tennessee, Dooley managed to go just 15-21 with a 4-19 SEC record, before Jones was hired to rebuild the program. – Grant Ramey, 247sports.comRead More

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