Tennessee hires Cincinnati’s Butch Jones

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.

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December 7th, 2012
11:20 am

That strikes fear in the TIDE Nation..RollOn…

Rosie O'Donnell

December 7th, 2012
11:32 am

With a coach named “Butch” I’m going to become a Volunteers fan !


December 7th, 2012
11:43 am

Fourth times a charm!


December 7th, 2012
11:49 am

Who? Never heard of him.


December 7th, 2012
11:50 am

So expect more of the same from TN over the next few years…..Maybe they should get rid of the hiring committee and put someone competent in their place


December 7th, 2012
11:58 am

Jones is a very good coach, but don’t know much about his recruiting skills in the SEC. The Vols didn’t get a big name, but big names don’t always work out. Think Charlie Weis at ND.

Bobby Petrino

December 7th, 2012
12:00 pm

Those hillbillies in Knoxville wouldn’t even return my calls !

Jim S.

December 7th, 2012
12:13 pm

Not sure about this one…good coach, but not convinced he’s going to be able to come to Georgia and swipe a lot of top shelf talent, which is necessary for UT to compete.


December 7th, 2012
12:15 pm

I hear that the Vol Nation isn’t exactly fired up about the decision. It’s not like they had their pick of the litter. The TN job has lost a lot of luster over the past five years and they still see themselves as the TN of the 90’s and early 2000’s. Any Vol fans out there care to enlighten us?

only a matter of time

December 7th, 2012
12:20 pm

I don’t really know this guy but I wish him all the best at UT. He’s going to have to recruit like mad just to get back to .500 over there. If I’m a Vol fan I have to be asking why other “big name” coaches backed off. Was it the $$ or lack of control over the program? As far as jobs go I would think UT would be a pretty good one. As Keith Sweat said many years ago “Something Just Ain’t Right.”


December 7th, 2012
12:22 pm

The Tennessee Volunteers , like Auburn, are no longer relevant in the overall scheme of SEC football.

Vanderbilt is the best football program in the Volunteer State.

Hiring a guy with no SEC credentials or SEC recruiting history is doomed to failure.


December 7th, 2012
12:24 pm


December 7th, 2012
12:27 pm

UC football is basically a training ground for coaches.

While I think ND is about to get rolled, their head coach turned ND from garbage into respectable.

Brian Kelly’s last coaching job was at UC.


December 7th, 2012
12:29 pm

… this was whiff big time for Tenn. You were setup to hire Kirby and not miss a beat with the defense. He will be an improvement over Dooley; but, you settled again.


December 7th, 2012
12:31 pm


December 7th, 2012
12:32 pm

This is a downgrade from Dooley.

G'Vegas Dawg

December 7th, 2012
12:41 pm

Vol fans have to be pumped….after your first 4 choices say no, the 5th had to be the best choice all along. Right?

Another Desperate Reach

December 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

Tennessee can’t give this job away.

Barbara Dooley

December 7th, 2012
1:19 pm

Does this mean I can go back to making guest appearances on Finebaum?

John Gruden

December 7th, 2012
1:22 pm

Three years from now…The answer will still be NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Dr. Vol Fan

December 7th, 2012
1:22 pm

Yea we actually have a coach for our team and not a mommas boy who could not make decisions….. Oh do not forget you DAWG Fanaticals not one person new of Mark was his name with a R who was an assistant at FSU and look at him now….. Take a moment and realise what you have said about the Vols and be prepared for to play a well coached team next season!!!

Derek Dooley

December 7th, 2012
1:29 pm

We were on the brink of turning it around. ‘13 was going to be the year.

north georgia fan

December 7th, 2012
1:31 pm

When they told Coach Jones his new MasterCard orange would have a $2500 limit it should have been a warning sign.


December 7th, 2012
1:38 pm

Going from Cinn. to Tenn. is like one of the top tier NCAA coaches going into the NFL. I hope he’s ready.

Phil Fulmer

December 7th, 2012
1:51 pm

Missing Phat Philly yet? You know you are.

Vandy's Lil Bro

December 7th, 2012
1:58 pm

Baby steps Vols fans. You gotta get past Vandy before you start dreaming about the 90’s.

Brian Kelly

December 7th, 2012
2:14 pm

This time he will not get to take over a team that I personally recruited and coached up.

SEC Reporter

December 7th, 2012
2:17 pm

Pretty good hire for Tennessee. Good pedigree. His start will be smoother if he can keep Bray one more season. Otherwise, “kaput.” Georgia or Florida have already won the SEC East in 2013 unless SC finds another great RB to get them into the running.

SEC Reporter

December 7th, 2012
2:18 pm

Dr. Vol Fan, UT does not have the personnel to compete with Georgia in 2013.


December 7th, 2012
2:35 pm

Tennesee ain’t no Athens so there.


December 7th, 2012
2:51 pm

When will UGA get a new coach. Losing 2 straight SEC championships is nothing to brag about or feel good about


December 7th, 2012
3:17 pm

Oh it’s so fun watching the dawgs and Vols go at each other.
That was a purty good game y’all played too!

Keep it up!


December 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Wonder how Butch Jones feels to know he was UT’s third choice?

And what ever happened to the Jon Gruden movement?

Hope Butch Jones negotiated a good payout when UT runs him off in 3 years.


December 7th, 2012
3:27 pm

The lack of maturity and intelligence on AJC boards is the reason this is one of my few visits to the “comments” section. Waste of time to read past the article. Too bad.

College Football Fan

December 7th, 2012
3:30 pm

Vanderbilt still has a better football coach than Tennessee.

And a better program…and a better campus… and a better school…


December 7th, 2012
3:37 pm

What’s shocking to me is that TN is having to pay $3 MILLION per year for their 5th choice!


December 7th, 2012
3:47 pm

As I had mentioned, I think the problem is the AD, plenty of ‘tude but a freak and a half. Dooley had to rebuild big time. should have been given 5 years. If your AD is going to disgrace Pat Summitt, you want him as YOUR boss?


December 7th, 2012
3:57 pm


I guess the Milton High coach turned them down as well.

..poor ol’ Rocky Top ..

Vince D.

December 7th, 2012
3:57 pm

Butch Jones really? You fire a wonderful up and coming coach for Butch Jones? He cannot hold a candle to the fine coach you just fired unceromoniously.

old man

December 7th, 2012
4:02 pm

Dr. Vol Fan, it must be easy to become a doctor at UT. The way you rambled, misspelled words and ignored punctuation made your post painful to read. I think the gist of your message was that UT is going to be a well coached team next year. Assuming for the moment that’s true, I hope that consoles you as you lose games week after week. UT’s mantra for 2013: “Oh well, we lost again but our boys sure are well coached.”


December 7th, 2012
8:38 pm

vols stole him from the u of co buffaloes. am in boulder, colorado for a short stay and heard all about the betrayal yesterday, how it was good someone like this didnt come to stay and the fact he had accepted the job here only decide to “stay”. was very surprised to see this news today. irony i all the anger, then folks were trying to make an argument to hire either the former ohio state coach or out fav petrino to rescue their program. pot to the fire.

Erin "spike the ball" Murray

December 8th, 2012
8:17 am

Butch teach your quarterbacks what to do in a 2 minute drill!!!!!

Orlando here I come baby :)