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Developing: Jones' job likely safe for Southern Miss. game, but future in doubt

Some rumors say Butch Jones is a safe bet to coach the Vols' upcoming game against Southern Mississippi. Still, others say administrators met Sunday to discuss Jones' future.

UPDATE, Sunday 8:55 p.m. : Coach Butch Jones will have his regularly scheduled news conference Monday at noon, per a UT release.

UPDATE, Sunday 8:00 p.m. : Our partners at GoVols247 report Butch Jones and John Currie met Sunday night to discuss the future of the Vols football program.


Rumors have run rampant since Sunday morning regarding Coach Jones' job security at Tennessee.

SEC Country's Mike Griffith reported Sunday afternoon administrators met to discuss "Butch Jones' immediate future at Tennessee."

The report came after the Vols' 29-26 loss at the hands of the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday. Griffith reported before the game Jones would likely have to win out the rest of the season to keep his job.

Jones said he believed he "absolutely" still had the support of Athletic Director John Currie and the UT administration in his post-game news conference.

"I coach for my job every single day," Jones said. "That hasn't changed since the minute I walked in here in Year One. That's always a mindset I've had."

WNML radio host and Gridiron Now contributor Jimmy Hyams reported sources told him Jones would likely coach the Vols' upcoming game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday, Nov. 4.

GoVols247 maintained Coach Jones' departure was not a matter of if, but when:

The flurry of reports comes in the wake of Florida's firing of Gators head coach Jim McElwain. McElwain leaves Gainesville after winning back-to-back SEC East Division titles in 2015 and 2016.

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