That raised plenty of concerns which were resoundingly confirmed when Georgia came into Knoxville and absolutely steamrolled Jones's team, 41-0.
If Tennessee wanted to wait until after the season to make a coaching change, the football team's lack of success made that an increasingly hard choice.
The team is expected to have a meeting at 1:00pm.
Jones, hired at Tennessee on December 7, 2012, as the Vols' 24 head coach, after winning four conference championships in his previous six years, and his staff have done a terrific job recruiting players to Tennessee, but the development of many has been widely considered sub-par.
Yet the awful effort showed that the team had quit on Jones or didn't consider him a coach for whom to show its best effort.
His final game as head coach was the Vols most lopsided loss to an unranked opponent in AP poll era history.
The sudden decline has been shocking. The Vols would have to win their remaining regular season games against LSU and Vanderbilt to become bowl eligible. He has been coaching the defensive line, while holding the title of associate head coach.
However, Jones was never able to take UT back to the SEC Championship game.
Ever since the day Jim Harbaugh was hired as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, there have been constant rumors about him leaving his alma mater to return to the NFL.
The Vols are now set to host LSU on Saturday, Nov. 18. Jones went 34-27 during his tenure. He also coached at Ball State and San Diego.
The storied program was guided by two head coaches for 32 years - John Majors and Phillip Fulmer.