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Report: UT to Announce Butch Jones as Football Coach

By news@wbbjtv.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - ESPN is reporting that the Tennessee Volunteers hired Butch Jones as their new head football coach and will announce it Friday afternoon. Jones was the head coach at Cincinnati last season.

Jones reportedly declined an offer to take the same position at Colorado, Thursday.

Early reports indicate Jones will receive a six year contract to coach the Vols..

"I would like to thank Butch Jones for his time at the University of Cincinnati," athletic director Whit Babcock said in a news release. "With that said, we are excited about the future of this program and this job will be extremely attractive nationally. Our search will begin immediately."

At Tennessee, the Jones, 44, will succeed Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three years. Jones is 50-27 as a head coach, including 23-14 in three seasons at Cincinnati.
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