Published December 7, 2012 - 7:25am
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Volquest.com – a paid Tennessee content site – has now confirmed that Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones will be the next head coach for the Vols. His introductory press conference is set for 2:30 PM ET this afternoon in Knoxville.
Tennessee turned their full attention to Jones after Charlie Strong turned down the offer publicly yesterday morning. And after 18 days of interviews, including three rejections by Jon Gruden, Mike Gundy and Strong, Tennessee has their man who will lead their immediate future in the SEC.
Lyle Allen “Butch” Jones has been a head coach for six years, with a career record 50-27. He’s been the coach at Central Michigan from 2007 to 2009, before moving to Cincinnati in 2010 through 2012.
In six years as a head coach, Davis has finished first in his conference four times. He’s a winner, but he hasn’t been on the big stage, yet. Every big-time head coach had to start somewhere, and Tennessee is arguably the top opening in the country.
Jones has followed Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly’s path at his last two jobs, and AD Dave Hart certainly hopes Jones can continue his winning success at Tennessee.
The Vols have a major rebuilding job ahead in the next couple of years, but a good coach can get the program winning and competing for East championships in two to three years.
What do you think about the Vols’ new hire?
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