TENNESSEE ANNOUNCES BUTCH JONES AS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

The University of Tennessee announced today that Butch Jones has been hired as the 24th head football coach of the Vols. Jones owns a 50-27 record (.649) in six seasons as a head coach and joins UT from the University of Cincinnati, where he finished with a 23-14 record (.657) in three seasons with the Bearcats.

Jones was also the head coach for three years atCentral Michigan(27-13, .675, from 2007-09). He has won at least eight games in five of his six years as a head coach, including three seasons of nine-plus wins in the last four years (2009, 2011, 2012). Jones also has won 10 or more games twice, finishing 11-2 at Central Michigan in 2009 and posting a 10-3 record and top-25 final national ranking withCincinnatiin 2011.

“I am very pleased that Butch Jones is the head football coach atTennessee,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “Butch has a track record of success at every program he has led, and he viewsTennesseeas the job he coveted. We look forward to Butch leading our football program back to prominence.”

Jones is a 1990 graduate ofFerrisStateUniversityinMichigan, where he was a two-year letterman on the football team. His original entry into the coaching ranks was as an intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1987-89.

Jones and his wife, Barb, are the parents of three sons: Alex (16), Adam (12), and Andrew (5).

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