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Report: Jones Emerges As ‘Front Runner’ For UT Job

Cincinnati coach Butch Jones has emerged as the front runner for the Tennessee coaching job, according to a report from GoVols247.com.

“One source close to several coaching circles told govols247 that UT is ‘(Jones’) job to turn down,’ and that focus would most likely shift to Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart if Jones doesn’t accept it.”

It should be pointed out that govols247 has not reported Jones has an actual offer in hand. In fact, Volquest.com reported Thursday night that Jones hasn’t received an offer and hasn’t met face-to-face with Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart.

Jones, who has a 50-27 career record as a head coach, is in his third season at Cincinnati. The Bearcats finished the regular season with a 9-3 record and accepted a bid to play Duke in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27.

Here’s what we wrote earlier today on Jones:

“Butch Jones of Cincinnati is a Brian Kelly disciple who should have gotten more play on Tennessee’s list to begin with. He doesn’t have the SEC background of (Charlie) Strong, but he does have a longer track record as a head coach at multiple schools. And if you’re willing to throw money at Louisville’s coach, what’s the big deal with throwing cash at Cincinnati’s coach? That path sure seems to have worked out well for Notre Dame.”

 


17 comments
ATL14ESQ
ATL14ESQ

I was highly critical of the move yesterday. Still think there were better attainable options.  That said I was impressed with Coach Jones today in the presser. Willing to bite tongue for now.

JamieThornton
JamieThornton

 

Derek Dooley is the worst coach statistically in Tennessee football history & beat Butch Jones by 3 TDs with the worst team in TN history

 

rjoesea
rjoesea

@FireDaveHart @sports180 forget the boosters that dont want petrino. @UT wont need their cash when #Petrino has @UT winning!

WNCVol
WNCVol

If Butch Jones is the next head coach, we have got to get behind him.  Good grief!  Some of you guys are never satisfied.  Give the guy a chance!

JamieThornton
JamieThornton

new reports have Bo Pelini wanting the job. I'm not sure how UT would feel about him.

JamieThornton
JamieThornton

I think I would go take my chances with Kirby Smart, before Butch Jones. I thought Larry Fedora would come to UT, but he turned down Tennessee (sorry about the bad twitter joke) earlier. I think if you hire Kirby Smart, you can work on that D. And lets face it, that's where the Vols need to get better. 

classof94vol
classof94vol

Good Grief! Has it really come to this. Unless Dave Hart is Houdini and we all have been played, i suggest he update HIS resume and hire a charter bus to haul his ass out of town with Jimmy Cheek!!

ATL14ESQ
ATL14ESQ

     What a disastrous hire if true.  Only thing Butch Jones has proven is that he's a worse Coach than the just departed Dooley.

 

Only question to play out over the next two - three seasons with this atrocity is whether we can remain ahead of Missouri and Kentucky in a battle to stay out of the SEC East Cellar. 

 

This impending hire assures Us here in Orange Nation that Georgia, Florida South Carolina and Vandy will remain out of reach as long as all current Coaches remain at their respective institutions.

 

Tennessee had one of the two worst Coaches in the Conference when Dooley left and now after 19 days being made the punchline of a National Joke we still have one of the two worst Coaches in the SEC.

 

Nice effin Job Dave Hart. 

winnerjim
winnerjim

 @david1314

 Butch Jones will be a great hire for Tennessee. He has a better track record than Strong as a head coach. The man can coach.

 

JamieThornton
JamieThornton

 @winnerjim  @david1314 Please. That comment is just ridiculous. Strong has 2 national titles as a DC and built up Louisville into a multi year Big East champ. 

Statesman
Statesman

 @winnerjim  @JamieThornton  @david1314

 Jones inherited an undefeated team from Kelly, while Strong took over for a coach that could not win or recruit and was fired.  Strong rebuilt a program while Jones at best kept a program at a certain level.  It is not always how high you are, but sometimes how far you have come.

winnerjim
winnerjim

 @david1314  @JamieThornton  @winnerjim

 Who knows what will happen five years from now. Right now, Jones has a better coaching record. Jones even was named Big East coach oy the year over Strong. Besides, Strong turned us down. What more can I say? If he accepts the job, lets give him a chance.   

ATL14ESQ
ATL14ESQ

 @JamieThornton  @winnerjim 

 

Agreed Jamie.

 

Love how people just look at an isolated record without any perspective.

 

Five years from now Strong will have Louisville as one of the top teams in the ACC and Butch Jones will just be another ex head Coach at UT that failed miserably.

winnerjim
winnerjim

 @JamieThornton  @david1314

 Strong's record as head coach is 24 wins and 15 loses. Butch Jones record as head coach is 50 wins 27 loses. I am counting head coaching records only. He was also named coach of the year in the big east this year.



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