Report: Butch Jones turned down potential job at Michigan
Tennessee coach Butch Jones was contacted by Michigan about filling its potential coaching vacancy, but will not be a candidate, sources told Footballscoop.com. The website reported that the program has reached out to several coaches, amid rumors that Brady Hoke could be fired sometime today.
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownTFP) December 2, 2014
Jones has a career record of 61-40 as a head coach and is 11-13 at Tennessee, leading the program to its first bowl game appearance since 2010. Prior to joining the Vols staff, Jones led Cincinnati to back-to-back Big East Conference championships and was the 2011 Big East Coach of the Year. He also served as head coach at Central Michigan from 2007-09.
Tennessee hired Jones in December 2012. 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 October.
“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 was also asked to comment on a potential job at Michigan this past May:
lockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”>JONES: I may have grown up in Michigan, but I am from Tennessee.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 5, 2014