New report offers insight on where Butch Jones stands with Rutgers
On Friday night, news broke that Butch Jones was interviewing for the open head coaching job at Rutgers. That interview went well, according to a new report by NJ Advance Media.
While Jones is on Rutgers’ radar, the report says it’s another Tennessee-connected coach who is the clubhouse leader to get the gig. The report states that Greg Schiano could be hired by Rutgers as soon as Wednesday:
A meeting between Rutgers officials and Greg Schiano is imminent, several high-level donors told NJ Advance Media on Sunday night, and there is a belief that barring a snag in the process, the Scarlet Knights’ coaching search is trending toward a return for the former head coach.
Schiano’s hire could potentially come by Wednesday’s sesquicentennial date marking the first-ever college football game between Rutgers and Princeton. It is a reunion that would thrill many of the program’s former players and diehard fans while providing the athletic department with a much-needed change in narrative following a difficult week.
Jones is considered the “fall-back option” if Schiano is not hired, according to the report by James Kratch, Steve Politi and Keith Sargeant.
Schiano was a Rutgers graduate assistant in 1989 and returned as the school’s head coach in 2011. He coached the Scarlet Knights through the 2011 season before taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job. He returned to college football as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State in 2016.
On Nov. 26, 2017, Schiano agreed to be Jones’ successor at Tennessee, but public outcry from Vols fans led to UT backing out of the deal.
After being fired from Tennessee, Jones landed at Alabama in an analyst position that Nick Saban has described as an “intern” role.
Jones has Rutgers connections as well. He was a Scarlet Knights graduate assistant from 1990-92.