The Director of Football Operations for the University of Tennessee has been placed on paid administrative leave, UT Senior Associate Athletics Director for Communications Ryan Robinson confirmed to 10News.

Football Operations Director Chris Spognardi was Butch Jones' first hire at Tennessee and was relieved of his duties late Tuesday evening, our partners at GoVols247 reported.

UT officials said they couldn't comment further on the situation.

Spognardi has spent "the last eight seasons working directly with head coach Butch Jones at Tennessee, Cincinnati, and Central Michigan," according to his bio on UT's website.

Spognardi's bio describes his duties as overseeing the Vols football operations and working "behind-the-scenes in all aspects of the program."

Vols Football Operations Director Chris Spognardi