University of Cincinnati coach Butch Jones to leave UC, become coach at University of Tennessee

In a text message to 9 News' Dennis Janson, Butch Jones said "Just couldn't pass on this one. Hope u understand, kids were great in meeting."

-- WCPO.com

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati announced Friday morning that Butch Jones will leave his head football coach job with the Bearcats for a head coaching job at the University of Tennessee.

Effective immediately, Jones is no longer the head coach at UC and the Volunteers have already welcomed him with open arms as the 24th head coach of their SEC conference football program. The details of Jones' contract with the Knoxville, Tenn., university have not yet been released.

"I would like to thank Butch Jones for his time at the University of Cincinnati,” UC Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said in a news release. “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.”

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Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

I can't stand the negativity, which is to be expected from some people.

Do your homework and you'll see what a good choice this is...AND he didn't jump on the first train out of Cincinnati, having turned down Purdue, Colorado and 2 others. Butch will fit in nicely at U.T., and he will do well.

Congratulations and welcome, Coach. Can't wait to watch you turn us back into a winner.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

As a person who has lived in Ohio since 1959 and six months a year since 2006, I have absolutely no reservations in welcoming Coach Jones to BIG ORANGE COUNTRY. Give the guy a chance and most of you will be pleasantly surprised.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

As a person who has lived in Ohio since 1959 and six months a year since 2006, I have absolutely no reservations in welcoming Coach Jones to BIG ORANGE COUNTRY. Give the guy a chance and most of you will be pleasantly surprised.

Oops, I left out the other 6 months in West Knoxville.

born2ride writes:

Lets all get behind Coach BJ.

Nighthawk writes:

An analysis of Butch Jones style football...

Under Jones' leadership, Cincinnati has always been one of the most exciting offensive and defensive units to watch. On offense, they've been known to spread you out and be incredibly balanced, and on defense they're going to be fundamentally sound and pin their ears back and flat out get after the quarterback.

He is a Winner. If you can't get behind this coach, Take I-40 west to Vanderbilt. (btw, Jones beat Franklin last year in the Liberty Bowl.)

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