Tennessee Hires Cincinnati’s Butch Jones to Lead Vols

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) -- Butch Jones will be named the 24th head coach of the Tennessee Volunteer football program, the University of Tennessee announced Friday.

Jones is coming to Knoxville from Cincinnati.  He has a 50-27 career record as a head coach.

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

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to be the head football coach at the University of Tennessee,” said Jones in a news release. “I understand the values, traditions, and level of expectations that come with this position, and I look forward to being a part of the Vol Nation."

Jones was named Big East Coach of the Year by the league in 2011.  Before coaching Cincinnati, Jones led Central Michigan to Mid-American Conference titles in 2007 and 2009.

A news conference to introduce Jones has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m.