Tennessee has hired Cincinnati’s Butch Jones to replace the fired Derek Dooley.
The university has scheduled a news conference for 2:30 p.m. Friday to announce the hiring, according to Tennessee media outlets. Cincinnati already has announced Jones’ resignation.
“I would like to thank Butch Jones for his time at the University of Cincinnati,” Bearcats’ athletic director Whit Babcock said in a 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.”
Tennessee had reportedly offered its job — and was rebuffed — by Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and Louisville coach Charlie Strong before offering the job to Jones. The school had also reached out to former NFL coach Jon Gruden, who said he was not interested in the job.
Jones, 44, has compiled a 50-27 record in six seasons as a head coach at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, where he was 23-14.
Dooley was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in a three-year tenure.