Report: Firing Butch Jones after South Carolina loss would cost Vols $8.48 million

Butch Jones lost his third consecutive game on Saturday, and many fans are wondering about his future with the Vols.

Some Tennessee fans may want the fifth-year coach gone after failing to score a touchdown for two consecutive conference games, but there’s the small matter of the contract the university signed with Jones.

Following the 15-9 loss to South Carolina at Neyland Stadium, the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Blake Toppmeyer reported that the cost to buyout Jones’ contract on Sunday would be $8.48 million.

But that’s not all.

According to Toppmeyer’s report, the actual cost to buyout both Jones and his staff could total upwards of $14 million, with the actual total depending on whether the assistants are kept through the remainder of the season and if they land jobs elsewhere at the end of the year.

In the moments after the game, former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said that it was going to be tough for Jones to hang on in Knoxville with a game against Alabama looming large on Saturday. Former Vols coach Philip Fulmer also was asked to address the state of the Vols football program while the game was going on.

NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright tweeted that he received a text message from a source at Tennessee indicating that the loss to South Carolina may have spelled the end for the Jones era in Knoxville:

Though the public has been negative on Jones’ chances of retaining his job, it is worth noting that Vols AD John Currie has been steadfast in his public support for Butch Jones.

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