Tennessee has apparently found their next head football coach. Thank God. After an embarrassing series of failures during which school officials inexplicably targeted folks who everyone else knew they wouldn’t get, the powers that be finally decided to set their sights on a more realistic option. That more realistic option?
According to Joe Schad, a day after turning down Colorado, Jones has decided to take his talents to Neyland Stadium. While his name doesn’t pack the same sort of punch that Jon Gruden’s does, 44-year-old Jones is actually a great pick-up for the Vols. In three seasons with Cincinnati he compiled 23 wins and 14 losses. Prior to that, he went 27-13 at Central Michigan.
Butch Jones will be the next Tennessee coach, according to source— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 7, 2012
Tennessee confirms Butch Jones is its new head coach— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 7, 2012
The terms of this agreement have yet to be released, but it’s probably safe to assume that Jones is getting a good deal. He was a hot commodity; Tennessee was desperate for a recognizable name. We’ll update this story as dollar figures come in.
Update: We trusted Schad's reporting, but Whit Babcock's statement confirms it.
"I would like to thank Butch Jones for his time at the University of Cincinnati,” Cincinnati athletic director, Babcock, said in a statement. “With that said, we are excited about the future of this program and this job will be extremely attractive nationally. Our search will begin immediately.”