Tennessee to pay Jones $18.2 million over six years

UT's new coach Butch Jones, left, with Dave Hart driving exits the Pilot Corp hanger in Knoxville on his way to a press conference announcing new position on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.   (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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UT's new coach Butch Jones, left, with Dave Hart driving exits the Pilot Corp hanger in Knoxville on his way to a press conference announcing new position on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Newly hired University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones will receive $18.2 million over six years, according to a memorandum of understanding released on Friday.

Jones will receive a base salary of $245,000 each season during the length of the contract along with a supplemental compensation of $2,705,000 annually.

He receives a $500,000 signing incentive.

The buyout if Jones is terminated by UT is $2 million and will not change throughout the contact.

The buyout for Jones to leave is $4 million after the first season, $3 million after the second and third seasons and $2 million the final three seasons.

Per the contract that Jones broke with the University of Cincinnati in order to come to Knoxville, Tennessee will be responsible for a $1.4 million payout owed to Cincinnati.

In a worst-case scenario for the university and its athletic department, Tennessee could face $10.8 million in buyouts alone in replacing coach Derek Dooley.

It will come in addition to the roughly $5 million buyout owed to Dooley, who was fired on Nov. 18., and upwards of $4.4 million potentially owed to members of his former staff. That figure depends on how quickly they find other jobs and how much those jobs pay.

Dooley will receive his payments in monthly installments of roughly $102,040 through December 2016.

With Jones taking the job Friday, the athletic department will pay $17 million for two head coaches over the next four years.

In October, prior to Dooley's termination, Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart addressed financial woes in the athletic department and told the News Sentinel, "We are carrying the largest — by far — debt service in the conference and the smallest — by far — reserve in the conference."

Jones is expected to start at UT immediately. UC athletic director Whit Babcock said in a Friday morning press conference that he will not coach the Bearcats against Duke in the Belk Bowl.

Babcock said UC offered Jones a new contract that included "a significant increase on his current deal" when trying to retain him. He added that he was contacted by five other BCS schools trying to poach Jones.

Jones, who earned $1,575,000 annually at Cincinnati, turned down offers from Purdue and Colorado before agreeing to terms with Tennessee.

The 44-year-old is 50-27 in six seasons as a head coach at Cincinnati (23-14 over three years) and Central Michigan (27-13 in three seasons).

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn

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CCLC writes:

When a program badly needing stability–and willing to match anyone’s financial offer–is already on its fifth choice for HC, it is indeed time to panic, because it appears none of the “stabilizing” coaches will come until there’s stability. A real trap, eh? No wonder Fulmer was actually the front-runner in the latest reader poll at RockyTopTalk (Butch Jones, reportedly the latest target, came in at a booming 4%, which means he’d probably begin with about the same fan-base confidence level as SOD).
Vols football never recovers from this..... end of an era.

OTPVol writes:

Dang. I need to check craigslist more often.

redskinvol1 writes:

HOW ABOUT THE BUY-OUT BECAUSE A NEW COACH WILL BE COURTED IN THREE YEARS!!

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to CCLC:

When a program badly needing stability–and willing to match anyone’s financial offer–is already on its fifth choice for HC, it is indeed time to panic, because it appears none of the “stabilizing” coaches will come until there’s stability. A real trap, eh? No wonder Fulmer was actually the front-runner in the latest reader poll at RockyTopTalk (Butch Jones, reportedly the latest target, came in at a booming 4%, which means he’d probably begin with about the same fan-base confidence level as SOD).
Vols football never recovers from this..... end of an era.

Must be bliss to be so ignorant....

RememberWhen writes:

IF - and that's still a big IF - this is true, Hart should be out the door today. Whether this guy proves to be good or not is irrelevent. DOUBLING the salary for a guy with this limited resume AND paying a $1.4 million buyout is absolutely irresponsible given the current financial saga of the UTAD! There were at least three guys with better resumes available that would have at a minimum saved paying a buyout and could much more arguably be worthy of $3 mil per year. It is painfully obvious that this quickly turned into a panic hire - we can only hope it turns out better than the last panic hire.

2Geezy writes:

We need to stick with him for the full 6 years. No more buyouts.

usafvol writes:

in response to redskinvol1:

HOW ABOUT THE BUY-OUT BECAUSE A NEW COACH WILL BE COURTED IN THREE YEARS!!

Are you just stupid or what? What insight do you have that indicates this guy will fail? Just keep trolling loser..

traderjoe writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

IF - and that's still a big IF - this is true, Hart should be out the door today. Whether this guy proves to be good or not is irrelevent. DOUBLING the salary for a guy with this limited resume AND paying a $1.4 million buyout is absolutely irresponsible given the current financial saga of the UTAD! There were at least three guys with better resumes available that would have at a minimum saved paying a buyout and could much more arguably be worthy of $3 mil per year. It is painfully obvious that this quickly turned into a panic hire - we can only hope it turns out better than the last panic hire.

LOL...you are sooo right. Hart's negotiating tactic must have been to have gotten down on his knees, blindfolded himself, and handed a blank check to Butch on a silver platter and asked him to fill it in while begging for him to be merciful. My oh my...LOL

Better check your season tickets and parking pass...price just went up when Obama is going to force us to bend over for higher taxes and obamacare. OUCH!!!

VFLVFLVFL writes:

This is all smoke screens... jon gruden still gonna be announced... book it

jack4444 writes:

The cost of all these buyouts is absurd. Seriously, aside from Kentucky, is there an SEC program in worse shape?

Get Fulmer as AD.

I don't care if they hired Neyland, the place is a mess.

pms151 writes:

Hey as long as the Haslam's continue to foot the bill in the background we have nothing to lose. My question though is why don't they just hire one of the family as AD and save us the money we are paying Hart to be the puppet?

D60 writes:

Why? Cheek and Hart should be burned at the stake. I thought 4 yrs of loosing football now it's 6. This bunch is beyond ignorant

NYvolFan writes:

Big Orange fans should not take out their frustrations on Butch Jones simply because our administration botched the entire process. I wonder what his buy-out is. I wonder if we have learned from past mistakes. There was no reason to rush this hire after totally screwing it up for 18 days. Foolish. But Butch Jones is here, and I'll support him, but never this idiot administration ever again.

KingDanno (Inactive) writes:

Support Butch! He's got a fire in his eye and that's what I want. Hart can suck it cause he's a Bama guy. Put ole Phil as AD. 6 years seems long, but I like Butch and from what I've seen, we are going to be firing on all cylinders under his management and influence. Now shut up and show your support! We got rid of Dooley, everyone thinks they know it all. You want someone on the up and up, not someone already at the top. Now let's get our Defense up to par, keep our O, and whoop some anus!

MurfVol77 writes:

For all you haters out there here is some perspective. For all you TRUE Vol fans out there here is stating the obvious...

http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2012/12/7...

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to usafvol:

Are you just stupid or what? What insight do you have that indicates this guy will fail? Just keep trolling loser..

What insight suggests he might fail? Hmm, lemme think....

How about the fact that he was the 7th or 8th choice, or the fact that UT was battling Colofreakingrado for his services, or even better still, Derek Dooley pummeled him as HC.

This is an awful hire, slightly better than Dooley.

Purple_at_Heart writes:

in response to pms151:

Hey as long as the Haslam's continue to foot the bill in the background we have nothing to lose. My question though is why don't they just hire one of the family as AD and save us the money we are paying Hart to be the puppet?

Yes, the Haslam's are digging deeper.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to CCLC:

When a program badly needing stability–and willing to match anyone’s financial offer–is already on its fifth choice for HC, it is indeed time to panic, because it appears none of the “stabilizing” coaches will come until there’s stability. A real trap, eh? No wonder Fulmer was actually the front-runner in the latest reader poll at RockyTopTalk (Butch Jones, reportedly the latest target, came in at a booming 4%, which means he’d probably begin with about the same fan-base confidence level as SOD).
Vols football never recovers from this..... end of an era.

To all TROLLS. You are so fake, and not at all UT fans or football fans.

You are trolls looking to spread ignorance.

UT offered 2 people the job, this is confirmed. Charlie Strong and Gundy. That's it, no one else was offered. Gruden took a phone call that lasted 5 minutes and that was a total long shot anyway and probably would have been a terrible hire. The guy has no experience recruiting and no experience coaching in college.

So you come to a Vol fan site and run your mouth about garbage you know nothing about. Trying to say UT was desperate in hiring a guy that was offered up to 5 different jobs this year alone, and as others have stated was offered jobs last year and the year before, but some how he is bad or a desperate choice?

Taking Gruden would have been desperate, hiring a guy on rep alone and no resume at the college level. But they chose a guy with 6 yrs experience (Strong only has 3), great recruiter with experience (recruiting the south and Midwest), and bowl game experience and you call it desperate? that's ignorance.

edee writes:

Big Bucks for a somewhat unknown...lots of confidence 6 year contract....I hope a lot of big orange fans living in close area will show up to show what being a VOL means...give him a warm welcome....maybe BOO Hart HA I guess the man deserves a chance so I'm trying..still don't like Hart and want him to leave..but, Jones ,we have no choice but to welcome him and hope he brings the football program back, not in a season but soon..lots of us have lost a little of our Big Orange Pride...but that too shall pass...GO BIG ORANGE......

UkJarhead writes:

in response to jack4444:

The cost of all these buyouts is absurd. Seriously, aside from Kentucky, is there an SEC program in worse shape?

Get Fulmer as AD.

I don't care if they hired Neyland, the place is a mess.

Jack, are you high? Athletic program in worse shape? You yourself just said yours is a mess. We just made a football hire that many in the media say is the best hire in the SEC. Yours has been the laughingstock of the country for weeks as you have been turned down over and over. Our mens and womens basketball programs are head and shoulders above yours. Our baseball program came within one game of winning SEC last year, yours didn't even make the tourney. Volleyball in Final Four, socccer, tennis, golf, rifle, cheerleading.... All better than yours. Yours is having to take money from the university to pay all the buyouts and pay a new coach. Your on probation. You should have to take a test before logging on.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

I think Butch Jones was a fantastic hire , i wish him well . The players getting what they needed .

budd#207344 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

What insight suggests he might fail? Hmm, lemme think....

How about the fact that he was the 7th or 8th choice, or the fact that UT was battling Colofreakingrado for his services, or even better still, Derek Dooley pummeled him as HC.

This is an awful hire, slightly better than Dooley.

You are so wrong it is funny. Dooley was a poor coach on so many levels that it was laughable. He couldn't win. His players disliked him. His staff choices were beyond stupid. His disparaging his players in public was embarrassing. His remarks like "watering bamboo" put him with Les Miles in the bizarro category. The team scored 41 points on Georgia, scored on most of the teams they played. If Dooley knew anything about football he would have never changed defenses and DC.
Butch Jones is the opposite of all of this. Tells me he has a solid chance.

SummittsCourt writes:

I am a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers and I will continue to be no matter what happens good or bad.

So, I am behind Coach Jones starting today and will root for victories to come.

At least if nothing else, someone on here gave me a new slogan to address the trolls

"Don't make me Butch slap you" LOL!

thevoice writes:

in response to CCLC:

When a program badly needing stability–and willing to match anyone’s financial offer–is already on its fifth choice for HC, it is indeed time to panic, because it appears none of the “stabilizing” coaches will come until there’s stability. A real trap, eh? No wonder Fulmer was actually the front-runner in the latest reader poll at RockyTopTalk (Butch Jones, reportedly the latest target, came in at a booming 4%, which means he’d probably begin with about the same fan-base confidence level as SOD).
Vols football never recovers from this..... end of an era.

Take 2 glasses of water and read this...

http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2012/12/7...

Then come back and tell us who the next coach who should have been. Else, shut up!

born2ride writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

To all TROLLS. You are so fake, and not at all UT fans or football fans.

You are trolls looking to spread ignorance.

UT offered 2 people the job, this is confirmed. Charlie Strong and Gundy. That's it, no one else was offered. Gruden took a phone call that lasted 5 minutes and that was a total long shot anyway and probably would have been a terrible hire. The guy has no experience recruiting and no experience coaching in college.

So you come to a Vol fan site and run your mouth about garbage you know nothing about. Trying to say UT was desperate in hiring a guy that was offered up to 5 different jobs this year alone, and as others have stated was offered jobs last year and the year before, but some how he is bad or a desperate choice?

Taking Gruden would have been desperate, hiring a guy on rep alone and no resume at the college level. But they chose a guy with 6 yrs experience (Strong only has 3), great recruiter with experience (recruiting the south and Midwest), and bowl game experience and you call it desperate? that's ignorance.

Jon Gruden has a Super Bowl ring.

Coach BJ lost to Dooley and Toledo.

Vol fans deserve better.

ckelly33 writes:

in response to VFLVFLVFL:

This is all smoke screens... jon gruden still gonna be announced... book it

I agree. They will smokescreen this for the next 6 years. During that period, Gruden will make all of the calls and decisions from the MNF booth and possibly from another sideline on Sundays. It is such a solid smokescreen nobody will ever think Gruden is the coach.

BigOrangeFreak writes:

in response to traderjoe:

LOL...you are sooo right. Hart's negotiating tactic must have been to have gotten down on his knees, blindfolded himself, and handed a blank check to Butch on a silver platter and asked him to fill it in while begging for him to be merciful. My oh my...LOL

Better check your season tickets and parking pass...price just went up when Obama is going to force us to bend over for higher taxes and obamacare. OUCH!!!

Stick to the issue at hand: UT Football.

Its pretty childish to make political commentary on a sports site.

We've got enough on our plate.

ckelly33 writes:

This is all a ruse. Dave Hart is actually Leonard Nemoy.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Oh my god you are so right, what were they thinking, I mean LSU hired Nick Saban after going 34-24 at Michigan state and they paid him more money what were they thinking?

Oh no Florida hired a guy from UTAH that ran a spread offense and paid him all kind of money and he won 2 National title at Florida what on earth were they thinking!!! These peoples are so mad they hired a coach that has a winning record for 6 yrs now and wins in bowl games, oh now what idiots they must be to think such awful things. I'm going to go stand in traffic now because I hear its fun and so cool to be dumb.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Jon Gruden has a Super Bowl ring.

Coach BJ lost to Dooley and Toledo.

Vol fans deserve better.

News flash Gruden got fired a few years later for sucking so bad. UT fans deserve better.

Dooley was career Tight ends coach, no experience running offense or defense.

UT does deserve better and now they have it!

laraccoon writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

the 60 year old virgin has spoke !

thevoice writes:

in response to born2ride:

Jon Gruden has a Super Bowl ring.

Coach BJ lost to Dooley and Toledo.

Vol fans deserve better.

Wake up dude. UT beat Cincy with SEC talent, not Big East talent. Does that mean anything to you? According to your logic, we should have hired Gary Pinkle since he beat UT this year. BTW, Missouri was 5-7/2-6.

traderjoe writes:

in response to BigOrangeFreak:

Stick to the issue at hand: UT Football.

Its pretty childish to make political commentary on a sports site.

We've got enough on our plate.

I'm stating an economic reality, taxes and health care costs are going up...do you dispute this? So now you take out of your family's budget the cost of higher ticket and parking prices and you get empty seats...too much for you to comprendez?

OldNumber7 writes:

in response to CCLC:

When a program badly needing stability–and willing to match anyone’s financial offer–is already on its fifth choice for HC, it is indeed time to panic, because it appears none of the “stabilizing” coaches will come until there’s stability. A real trap, eh? No wonder Fulmer was actually the front-runner in the latest reader poll at RockyTopTalk (Butch Jones, reportedly the latest target, came in at a booming 4%, which means he’d probably begin with about the same fan-base confidence level as SOD).
Vols football never recovers from this..... end of an era.

And to think this whole mess started with a head coach unwilling to fire his lousy offensive coordinator (Sanders). I for one, think Jones might just be a great hire...will take 3 years to know.

SummerfieldVol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

What insight suggests he might fail? Hmm, lemme think....

How about the fact that he was the 7th or 8th choice, or the fact that UT was battling Colofreakingrado for his services, or even better still, Derek Dooley pummeled him as HC.

This is an awful hire, slightly better than Dooley.

According to this sight Tennessee only made offers to 1-2 coaches 1st to Charlie Strong and second to Mike Grundy at OKS,so if my math is right Butch would be offer number # 3. I think it is a very good choice,he has not coached a game yet and some of yo are already saying he will be gone in a few years,why don't you just go away and pull the hole in behind you. Very pessimistic view point.

TKO writes:

Congratulations to Coach Jones and his family. Welcome to Tennessee where some of the best people in the world reside. Welcome to your Tennessee family where we hope you and your family find much happiness and success. Go Big Orange!

TNVOLNTX writes:

In 6 years as a head coach he won the MAC title twice, the Big East twice, and is the reigning 2 time Big East Coach of the year. Forget the silly pipe dreams. Of candidates who might actually have been interested in coming to UTK, name ONE with a better resume than CBJ. His resume is better than Saban's resume when Saban went to Michigan State. It's better than Meyer's resume when Meyer went to Florida. It's better than Les Miles resume when Les went to LSU. Some of you are just willfully ignorant or perpetually miserable or both. This isn't a bad hire at all and could prove to be a great hire. Only time will tell.

jt45 writes:

I will support the new coach and the players, but the administration and board need to be cleaned out/cleaned up. Its been one big mess after another financially for far too long to be coincidence, at some point the people making the mistakes need to be called out and held responsible. Very few institutions or Companies would allow this kind financial bleeding to continue. I guess another tuition hike will be coming and even more kids wont be able to afford
an education at UT.

jimr07 writes:

Dear Coach Jones:
First welcome to the University of Tennessee. I am writing this to you because i know you want to be successful.. In order to do that, be sure to log on here every day.. it is here you will find out who should be your assistant coaches.. who you should recruit ... who should be playing what position.. in other words. all you need to know about coaching..there may be a way to set up a communication system so some of these so-called UT fans can tell you what plays to run.. how about that for experise..

SummittsCourt writes:

Gruden - had no interest
Fisher, Gundy & Strong used this opening to get pay raises
Petrino & Davis were never going to be contacted due to excessive baggage real or perceived

Butch Jones wants to be here and yet he is getting roasted by people on here, not everyone, but there are those who are not going to be happy until their guy is hired and this is wrong.

My guy wan't hired - I got over it. It's time to support Coach Davis because like it or not he is coaching our beloved Vols now. It would be nice if those venom spilled posts were directed at the trolls instead of each other.

Let's go Vols! Kickoff in 9 months!

Snapshot writes:

in response to redskinvol1:

HOW ABOUT THE BUY-OUT BECAUSE A NEW COACH WILL BE COURTED IN THREE YEARS!!

WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO SHOUT?!

You do know that is what all caps means?

kyvol98 writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

Jack, are you high? Athletic program in worse shape? You yourself just said yours is a mess. We just made a football hire that many in the media say is the best hire in the SEC. Yours has been the laughingstock of the country for weeks as you have been turned down over and over. Our mens and womens basketball programs are head and shoulders above yours. Our baseball program came within one game of winning SEC last year, yours didn't even make the tourney. Volleyball in Final Four, socccer, tennis, golf, rifle, cheerleading.... All better than yours. Yours is having to take money from the university to pay all the buyouts and pay a new coach. Your on probation. You should have to take a test before logging on.

How is that Men's BB top 25 ranking ..... Oh, never mind.
Who said it was the best in the SEC? Alan Cutler???? Definitely better than Joker though

Snapshot writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

IF - and that's still a big IF - this is true, Hart should be out the door today. Whether this guy proves to be good or not is irrelevent. DOUBLING the salary for a guy with this limited resume AND paying a $1.4 million buyout is absolutely irresponsible given the current financial saga of the UTAD! There were at least three guys with better resumes available that would have at a minimum saved paying a buyout and could much more arguably be worthy of $3 mil per year. It is painfully obvious that this quickly turned into a panic hire - we can only hope it turns out better than the last panic hire.

Want to share those three names?

DalTexVol writes:

in response to traderjoe:

I'm stating an economic reality, taxes and health care costs are going up...do you dispute this? So now you take out of your family's budget the cost of higher ticket and parking prices and you get empty seats...too much for you to comprendez?

BigOrangeFreak is right. Leave the politics out and discuss UT football. Verstehen sie?

vol98champ writes:

in response to jimr07:

Dear Coach Jones:
First welcome to the University of Tennessee. I am writing this to you because i know you want to be successful.. In order to do that, be sure to log on here every day.. it is here you will find out who should be your assistant coaches.. who you should recruit ... who should be playing what position.. in other words. all you need to know about coaching..there may be a way to set up a communication system so some of these so-called UT fans can tell you what plays to run.. how about that for experise..

I am certain of one thing----nobody in charge at UT ever looks at what is posted here; so Coach Jones, I pray you will ignore it also.

Snapshot writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

What insight suggests he might fail? Hmm, lemme think....

How about the fact that he was the 7th or 8th choice, or the fact that UT was battling Colofreakingrado for his services, or even better still, Derek Dooley pummeled him as HC.

This is an awful hire, slightly better than Dooley.

And what do you care, go away gater troll.

exlineman writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

Oh my god you are so right, what were they thinking, I mean LSU hired Nick Saban after going 34-24 at Michigan state and they paid him more money what were they thinking?

Oh no Florida hired a guy from UTAH that ran a spread offense and paid him all kind of money and he won 2 National title at Florida what on earth were they thinking!!! These peoples are so mad they hired a coach that has a winning record for 6 yrs now and wins in bowl games, oh now what idiots they must be to think such awful things. I'm going to go stand in traffic now because I hear its fun and so cool to be dumb.

Great post Tnoutlaw, gives a proper perspective to facts. Some of these idots still won't be able to comprehend facts. Your post should enlighten these idots, if they will read it and try to comprehend.

Snapshot writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Answer the question, are you legendary Vol Richmond Flowers brother? You keep posting and I"ll keep asking....coward.

UkJarhead writes:

in response to kyvol98:

How is that Men's BB top 25 ranking ..... Oh, never mind.
Who said it was the best in the SEC? Alan Cutler???? Definitely better than Joker though

Right, of all those points, our mens basketball team is the one you pick on...Smart move.

CCLC writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Must be bliss to be so ignorant....

You tell me. Feeling blissful with this hire?

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