Jones withdraws name from Boston U. search

Tennessee men's basketball associate head coach Tony Jones said Friday he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Boston University head coaching vacancy.

“With the commitment the University of Tennessee has shown to the men's program, I feel it's in my best interests to remain a part of Bruce Pearl's staff,'' Jones said. “After long and thoughtful consideration, I've decided Boston wasn't the right fit for me at this point in my career.''

Pearl said he's glad to have Jones returning to the staff.

"Tony is without question ready to be a head coach, and when that day comes we at Tennessee will thank him for all he has done to help us establish a competitive program,'' Pearl said. "The bar continues to rise with all the new coaches coming into the league and our recruiting will need to respond. Tony is excited about meeting that challenge.''

The Boston Globe reported in Wednesday and Thursday editions that the 48-year-old Jones was the frontrunner for the Terriers' vacancy after his March 26 interview in Boston and could be hired as early as this weekend.

Jones said he withdrew his name from consideration for the Tennessee State head coaching position last month after an initial interview. He was a finalist for the Marshall head coaching position two years ago.

Jones has served as Pearl's top assistant the past eight seasons and is the Vols' top paid basketball assistant coach with a salary of $182,434.

Part of Pearl's renegotiations on his six-year contract with UT involve increased pay for his assistants as well Pearl receiving a higher annual salary in the $2 million range and a larger buyout clause.

Prior to coaching with Pearl at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jones spent five seasons at Toledo and three at Buffalo as an assistant coach.

Jones spearheads the Vols' scheduling, handles substitutions during the games and shares in the recruiting duties. Jones was largely responsible for UT having the RPI's No. 1-rated non-conference schedule this season.

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volguy#211935 writes:

First!

volguy#211935 writes:

Good to see Tony Jones staying. Probably making more as a UT assistant than head coach at Boston U. A mid-major will open for him next year or the year after.

b16VOLster writes:

Surprised but thankful that Coach Jones is still around. His day and paycheck is coming.

golfballs03 writes:

We've got a good staff

RoadTrip writes:

I am happy about this as well. He deserves his shot when the right gig comes around, however, we can strongly benefit from having him another year or so as the program continues to be built.

kyvol98 writes:

Tony is a great coach and I am glad UT has seen fit to keep him around a little longer. That said, when his time comes to be a head coach, I will support that team as well, with the exceptions listed by cantstoptheHOP.

shoalcreekvol writes:

I appreciate Bruce and Tony, and feel they both deserve what they get.

Thanks for all you've done for UT basketball guys!

Jillelumpkins writes:

in response to volguy#211935:

First!

who cares? you're an idiot. Please tell me you're under 18. God help you if you're not. I pity you.

MrBamSeydu writes:

It's weird to me that teams need 19 different coaches in basketball. I mean, do we really need a coach to "make substitutions"? I understand it from a recruiting perspective, but to me all you really need is maybe 1 or 2 assistant coaches and a GA. It's just funny to me to see like 8 guys in suits on the sideline of a basketball game. You would think the head coach could take enough time out of his screaming and yelling to turn around and tell a player to get in the game.

TrouserCough writes:

So far, recruting has been nothing to brag about. See Renaldo Woolridge, Bobby Maze, Cameron Tatum. Negedu plays hard but can he shoot? An important quality in a basketball player that seems to be overlooked by this staff.

TK writes:

I would like to see Dane Bradshaw get on Bruce's staff. If that is the road Dane wants to take. With the personality he shows on tv I bet he do great at recruting.

givehim6 writes:

I do not blame him with the new contract staying is the better deal.I'm a TN guy a love the mts. I've seen Boston, would not want to live there.

Ironcity writes:

in response to TrouserCough:

So far, recruting has been nothing to brag about. See Renaldo Woolridge, Bobby Maze, Cameron Tatum. Negedu plays hard but can he shoot? An important quality in a basketball player that seems to be overlooked by this staff.

Every player you mentioned is a Freshman exc3ept Maze and we got him in June because no one was left after our point guard got booted. Before you judge these guys at least let them play and develop.

Think back and try to remember how Bradshaw, JuJuan Smith and Chism did as Freshman. Not to good.

BigOrangeVol writes:

Tony probably just got bumped to $200,000-$225,000 which is quite likely all that BU was going to pay anyway.

tennezz writes:

Bruce and Tony are the best thats ever happened to Tenn. mens basketball. I never was interested in Tenn. basketball, and then along came Benard King " scored 42 points in first game as true freshman" and all of a sudden I was excited about UT basketball! I still say pound for pound, inch for inch, he was the best I have ever seen, And then he left for the NBA. Over the years, with all the ups and downs and all the coaching changes I lost intrest again, And along came Bruce Pearl, and I am excited about Tenn. basketball again! He brought us sec championships, ncaa tournament appearences every year, We even win 20+ games in a down year! He has brought excitement, wins, better recruits, and better facilites! We are filling the seats at games, basketball is paying its own way for a change! Anyone who does not like coach Pearl has not been around Tenn. basketball very long! This is an exciting time for UT sports, With Pat, Bruce, and Lane! Relax and enjoy the good times, they may not last forever!

smokyredbone writes:

I haven't seen anybody thank Mike Hamilton except Bruce and Tony.As hard as some have been on him, you have to give Mike H. props. Its been pretty rough at times since he's been there. Mike's accomplishments are many!
1) Fired Buzzed Peterson (good)
2) Hired Bruce Pearl (Greatest/lifetime contract for MH)
3) Fired the Baseball coach, what ever his name was (good)
4) Hired Baseball coach Raliegh (?)
5) Fired the Great Pumpkin,firing CPF tough to accomplish
in Knoxville especially for a young AD like Mike! (he11
yes!)
6) Hired Lane Kiffin(not a popular hire) and gave him
enough support to hire the amazing staff he has brought
to Knoxville.Stood behind CLK through the forearm
shivers he delivered to Gator nation among others.
It's yet to be seen how good or bad this hire was,but
to have the Stones to make the hire says he is an American Badazz!(Great)
7) Gave Bruce enough support and yes Money(for those of you
that don't understand these saleries)to keep the Superman
of Tennessee Basketball in place, along with Tony J.
(viagra good/ lifetime achievement award!)

So, thank you from me Mike Hamilton!!! Keep swinging the Ax when needed and making those "WOW" hires that others(Memphis
High) can't!! GO VOLS AND MIKE H.

smokyredbone writes:

in response to TrouserCough:

So far, recruting has been nothing to brag about. See Renaldo Woolridge, Bobby Maze, Cameron Tatum. Negedu plays hard but can he shoot? An important quality in a basketball player that seems to be overlooked by this staff.

I don't know about overnight,but you got stupid at some point! Must be a scorned Mempiss fan! The players you mentioned were all first year players,all highly recruited and for good reason.They will all develop within CBP's system and prove their worth,have another drink,loser!

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Wasn't there a rumor on here a week or so ago that Woolridge is going to end up transfering? I hope not, but I doubt he was happy with his playing time this past season.

jzt writes:

He would be a great fit for Memphis, but I am sure they are trying to reach higher

BigOrangeVol writes:

Our 2009 class isn't rated in the Top 25 and probably not in the Top 100. Kenny Hall needs to put on 40 pounds and I don't think Melvin Goins hasn't signed his LOI yet.

Our 2010 class is ranked 6th right now but with Califerry going to UK that will drop us.

The good news is that Dan West (3-stars), Josh Selby (5-stars) and Aaron Craft (3-stars)are all Point Guards and Jordan McRae (4-stars) is a 2; the bad news is we still have no inside game either.

Hopefully Weezy takes over next year; Woolridge starts to play like his Dad and second cousin (Willis Reed); Manu gets a clue about being an upperclassman; Big Baby stops being one and Jurick develops some skills so he can get on the court.

It's a HUGE long-shot but Josh Smith, Harrison Barnes, Adreian Payne and Roscoe Smith (all unsigned Top 10 inside players) have us on their lists.

smokyredbone writes:

in response to jzt:

He would be a great fit for Memphis, but I am sure they are trying to reach higher

He doesn't want Calamari's(fish) sloppy seconds at any price. Sorry about your luck Memphis High,maybe that chump at Baylor will come coach you losers!

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to TrouserCough:

So far, recruting has been nothing to brag about. See Renaldo Woolridge, Bobby Maze, Cameron Tatum. Negedu plays hard but can he shoot? An important quality in a basketball player that seems to be overlooked by this staff.

u serious? Negedu and Tatum will be stars. Tat just came off knee surgery and Negedu will be tuff to handle with another summer under his belt.

Pearl hasn't won games by not being able to evaluate talent.

Woolridge will be better to, give CBP some time

Fryinpansvols writes:

Just a question. Why is the letter "C" put in front of coaches intials?

tennezz writes:

in response to Fryinpansvols:

Just a question. Why is the letter "C" put in front of coaches intials?

CBP=COACH BRUCE PEARL! Hope this helps!

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