Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek and Butch Jones have "mutually agreed to part ways," according to an official school release. Jancek has been the defensive coordinator at Tennessee since Jones took over in Knoxville in 2013. The pair have been together for six seasons, including a three-year stint at Cincinatti.
"John and I had a long discussion this morning and we both came to the conclusion that it was best to part ways," Jones said. "I want to thank Coach Jancek for his contributions to the University of Tennessee football program the past three years. His hard work and dedication to this program played a major role in our back-to-back bowl wins. These decisions are never easy especially for someone I have worked with at three different schools. We feel strongly about the direction our program is headed and will work diligently to find the best person available to lead our defense."
Tennessee finished seventh in the SEC in total defense in 2015, allowing 362 yards per game. The Vols blew double-digit fourth-quarter leads to Oklahoma and Florida and allowed opponents to convert 75-percent of fourth downs, despite being first in the SEC in opponent third-down conversions at 27.6 percent.
Jancek's 2015 salary was $520,000, and he will be owed the final year of his contract. Butch Jones is now tasked with looking for his first new defensive coordinator since accepting the job at Tennessee.