Arkansas State hired former Tennessee coach Butch Jones as its new head coach Saturday.
Jones has spent the last three seasons in an off-the-field role at Alabama under Nick Saban.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop will see familiar faces Saturday when the Bulldogs visit Tennessee.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman is retiring and the school has chosen former Tennessee AD John Currie to replace him.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's athletics department has reported a budget deficit of nearly $6.5 million for the 2018 fiscal year, thanks partly to hefty buyouts for former football coach Butch Jones and athletic director John Currie.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has an opportunity Saturday to show how far it has come in the last year.
One year after setting a school record for losses and failing to win a single Southeastern Conference game, the Volunteers (5-5, 2-4 SEC) are a win away from bowl eligibility. A victory Saturday over Missouri (6-4, 2-4) would assure that Tennessee avoids being stuck at home for the holidays again.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's last game before opening Southeastern Conference competition gives Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano a chance to catch up with his former position coach.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee fans finally won't need a cheat sheet to keep track of the score at this year's spring game.
New Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt has vowed to make Saturday's Orange & White Game as close to a normal game as possible. He's dividing his team into two separate squads and is having them play an exhibition game with typical football scoring.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt's track record suggests the Volunteers eventually should have a dramatic improvement from their defense.
Among the many emails former Tennessee athletic director John Currie received when he began to search for a coach to replace Butch Jones was one from an Alabama athletic department staffer with the subject "Head Coaching Analysis."
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has hired Robert Gillespie as an assistant football coach.
The school announced the move Wednesday. Gillespie had spent the past five seasons as running backs coach at Tennessee under former coach Butch Jones. He was initially expected to stay on under new coach Jeremy Pruitt before the two sides parted ways in February, with Pruitt hiring Chris Weinke.
Robert Morris University says former Tennessee athletic director John Currie will serve as executive-in-residence for a week at its business school.
Currie was suspended with pay by Tennessee on Dec. 1 in the midst of a search for a football coach, pending an investigation into termination for cause.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's pro day featured some prominent figures in spectator roles, including NFL head coaches, highly rated prospects fresh from the combine and a former Southeastern Conference head coach expected to join the Crimson Tide staff as an analyst.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Gillespie is no longer part of Tennessee's coaching staff after serving as running backs coach for the last five seasons.
Athletic director Phillip Fulmer confirmed Gillespie's exit Wednesday while speaking to the Big Orange Tip Off Club and indicated the decision was made by new head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Volquest first reported Gillespie's departure.
Gillespie was the lone remaining holdover from former coach Butch Jones' staff. A replacement hasn't been named.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee director of football operations Chris Spognardi has received judicial diversion that eventually could enable the criminal misconduct charge against him to be expunged.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will hold the first spring game of Jeremy Pruitt's coaching tenure April 21 at 2 p.m.
The school announced on Tuesday the date for its annual Orange and White Game. Tennessee hasn't yet announced when it will be opening spring practice.
Tennessee is trying to bounce back from a 4-8 season in which it set a school record for losses and finished winless in Southeastern Conference play for the first time since the league's formation in 1933.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers announced the addition of six assistant coaches to Ron Rivera's staff, including former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke as the new defensive line coach.
Carolina also promoted Chase Blackburn to special teams coordinator, and hired Steve Russ as linebackers coach, Scott Turner as quarterbacks coach, Heath Farwell as assistant special teams coach and Travelle Wharton as assistant offensive line coach.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee director of football operations Chris Spognardi has pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct related to the handling of team travel expenses.
Spognardi worked at Tennessee the first three seasons of former coach Butch Jones' tenure, and his responsibilities included managing cash expenditures for team trips. The charge against Spognardi involved the fabrication of receipts from those trips.
NEW YORK (AP) — Peyton Manning says he takes his role as an ambassador for the University of Tennessee seriously and looks forward to supporting the Volunteers' next football coach.
Tennessee's search for a replacement for Butch Jones has resulted in turmoil, with fan protests, the firing of athletic director John Currie and the hiring of former Vols coach Philip Fulmer as AD. After being turned down by several coaches, Tennessee is still searching.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has announced that it has agreed to a new contract with football coach Dave Doeren.
A person familiar with the situation says the five-year deal came after Doeren talked with Tennessee officials about their coaching vacancy. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because neither Tennessee nor N.C. State had publicly discussed details of the Volunteers' coaching search.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This isn't the way Tennessee and Vanderbilt planned to finish the regular season.
Both teams are winless in Southeastern Conference play heading into their rivalry game Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) has lost six of its last seven games and fired coach Butch Jones last week. Vanderbilt (4-7, 0-7) has dropped seven of its last eight.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — LSU knows what Tennessee is going through this week.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee interim head coach Brady Hoke says he plans to wear a headset during the Volunteers' game Saturday with No. 21 LSU (No. 20 College Football Playoff), a change from his usual routine during his Michigan tenure.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has just launched its fourth coaching search since its last Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title.
So that comes to four coaches in a 10-year span.
Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley and now Butch Jones. That trio couldn't rejuvenate a program that hasn't won a division since 2007 and hasn't captured a conference title since its 1998 national championship season.
But athletic director John Currie is looking at the glass being half full.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee interim coach Brady Hoke isn't worrying about his own future. His focus is on the Volunteers' seniors.
Hoke, who has rejoined the head coaching ranks for at least a couple of weeks, said Monday that his his major concern is making sure those upperclassmen get the best possible finish to a disappointing season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee began the season in the Top 25 and is ending it with a coaching change.
The Volunteers fired Butch Jones on Saturday as they enter their final two regular-season games searching for their first Southeastern Conference victory, a stunning fall for a team that had won bowl games each of the last three seasons.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lost its fifth consecutive game on Oct. 15, a 53-28 defeat at Georgia that sent the Tigers to 1-5 halfway through the season.
Four weeks later, Missouri owns a three-game winning streak and has put itself in bowl contention. Its final three opponents — Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Arkansas — have a combined Southeastern Conference record of 1-14.
Before hitting the road for their final two games, the Tigers will take on Tennessee (4-5, 0-5) on Saturday at home.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee All-America offensive lineman Antone Davis says he endured "constant intimidation, bullying and mental abuse" from Volunteers coach Butch Jones while working for him.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Butch Jones says it will be a "game-time decision" on whether quarterback Jarrett Guarantano plays Saturday at Missouri.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The magnitude of the injuries decimating Tennessee's offensive line is perhaps best exemplified by Devante Brooks' improbable emergence as a starter.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Butch Jones is optimistic that quarterback Jarrett Guarantano will be healthy enough to play Saturday when the Volunteers visit Missouri.
But the redshirt freshman may be leading an offense that's not even close to full strength.