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Tennessee hires Butch Jones as its new coach

December 07, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Butch Jones on the sideline during Cincinnati's game against Connecticut.
Butch Jones on the sideline during Cincinnati's game against Connecticut. (Jessica Hill / Associated…)

Tennessee has a new football coach: Cincinnati's Butch Jones.

The university has scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. PST on Friday to announce the hiring, which was first reported by VolQuest.com.

A few minutes after the news was first announced, Cincinnati announced Jones' resignation.

“I would like to thank Butch Jones for his time at the University of Cincinnati,” Bearcats' athletic director Whit Babcock said. “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.”

Jones was 23-14 in three years at Cincinnati and becomes Tennessee's fourth coach in the last six seasons. The Volunteers fired coach Derek Dooley last month after he went 15-21 in three seasons.

Cincinnati was only 4-8 in Jones' first year, but are 19-6 since and have tied for first place in the Big East each of the last two seasons.

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