Butch Jones denies interest in potential Michigan coaching job
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones was rumored to be one of several candidates linked to a potential coaching vacancy at Michigan, according to 247Sports.com. However, Jones denied such allegations following the Vols’ practice Tuesday.
“It’s not even worth discussing,” Jones said. “There’s no validity to it. I’m not even gonna waste your time or my time by even commenting on that. I think y’all know how I feel.”
Jones, a Michigan native, has led Tennessee to an 8-12 record since his arrival in December 2012. However, the second-year coach has Vols fans optimistic of a bright future in Knoxville after signing a top-5 recruiting class in 2014 and projecting to repeat that accomplishment in 2015.
During his introductory press conference, Jones called Tennessee his “dream job” several times. Jones has denied interest in leaving Tennessee for Michigan on previous occasions, with his most recent comments coming this past May:
JONES: I may have grown up in Michigan, but I am from Tennessee.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 5, 2014
Michigan has yet to part ways with current head coach Brady Hoke. However, many speculate that Hoke’s dismissal is inevitable with the Wolverines facing a 3-5 record and several questionable decisions both on and off the field by the current coaching staff.