Butch Jones reportedly interviews for vacant head coaching job
Could Butch Jones be headed back to the head coaching ranks?
According to a Friday night report from NJ.com, Jones, currently an offensive analyst on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama, has interviewed for the head coaching job at Rutgers in New Jersey.
Chris Ash, hired as the Scarlet Knights’ head coach in 2016, was fired on Sep. 29, a day after the team lost 52-0 to Michigan. Ash was just 8-32 during his tenure and 3-26 in the Big Ten, including a 15-game losing streak in conference play and a 1-4 start to this season. Offensive coordinator Nunzio Campanile is currently serving as interim coordinator.
The hiring of Jones, though, would draw massive attention to a program that is looking for its first winning season since 2014.
He was 34-27 during 4-plus seasons at Tennessee, despite a 4-6 start to 2017 that saw the Volunteers eventually go 0-8 in SEC play. His greatest successes were at Central Michigan, where he was 27-13 from 2007-2009—including an 11-2 mark in his final season there—before a 23-14 run at Cincinnati that saw him go just 4-8 in 2010 before a 10-3 record in 2011 and 9-3 in 2012 before being hired for the Volunteers’ post before the Bearcats’ appearance in the Belk Bowl.
This would be a homecoming for Jones, who was a graduate assistant at Rutgers from 1990-1992.