The Tennessee Volunteers have hired Butch Jones and will make a formal announcement today to introduce the coach, who is leaving the Cincinnati Bearcats.
According to what YouWager has learned thus far, Jones takes the job after declining an offer to become the new coach for the Colorado Buffaloes. A six-year contract was finalized with Tennessee just today and the Bearcats stated that Jones had resigned his position with the team effective immediately.
The new coach will succeed Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three years. Dooley posted a losing record in each of his three seasons with the Vols, the first time since 1909-11 the Volunteers have finished below .500 three straight years.
On Monday, Jones interviewed with the Buffaloes after earlier interviewing at Purdue. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 44 year-old coach participated in bowl news conferences, promoting the Bearcats’ Belk Bowl berth, in Cincinnati and Charlotte.
Jones has a 50-27 record in six seasons as a head coach. The Michigan native went 27-13 in three seasons at Central Michigan and was 23-14 with the Bearcats the last three years. He now faces the task of rebuilding a former Southeastern Conference power.
Jones will become the Volunteers’ fourth coach in a six-season stretch, not including offensive coordinator Jim Chaney’s stint as interim head coach in the 2012 season finale after Dooley left the team. Phillip Fulmer was fired in 2008 after posting a 152-52 record. Lane Kiffin coached Tennessee in 2009 before leaving for Southern California. Dooley lasted three years.