Jan. 24, 2012
Press Conference: Video | Quotes
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati announced a contract extension through the 2017 season for head football coach Butch Jones Tuesday.
The UC Board of Trustees approved the contract during their Tuesday meeting.
“I have tremendous faith in Coach Jones and his ability to lead our young men on the football field, in the classroom and in the community,” Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. “I appreciate his loyalty to the University of Cincinnati and we look forward to great things in future seasons.”
“I’m very grateful of the support shown from UC President Dr. Gregory Williams, the UC Board of Trustees and director of athletics Whit Babcock,” Jones said. “This a commitment to our staff and to the football program as a whole. It’s another illustration of the tremendous support our administration as we continue to work on a daily basis to build a college football program of national relevance.”
Jones, the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year, recently finished his second season with the Bearcats, leading UC to the 2011 BIG EAST Championship. With the Bearcats’ win in the 2011 regular-season finale against Connecticut, Jones earned his third conference championship as a head coach (2007, 2009 at Central Michigan, 2011 at Cincinnati) and his 40th career victory.
He also led UC to a 31-24 win over Vanderbilt in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, giving UC five wins in trophy games this season. Eight student-athletes were All-BIG EAST selections including BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Isaiah Pead and BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year Derek Wolfe. Wolfe was also a five-time All-America selection and both Pead and Wolfe will take part in the 2012 Senior Bowl.
Jones holds a 41-24 career mark, a 27-10 record in conference play, has four bowl appearances and three league championships to his credit in five seasons as a collegiate head coach.
He has shown the ability to win on the field and in the classroom as the Bearcats were the only NCAA FBS team to earn a league championship and the conference’s team academic excellence award in the same year. The Bearcats’ overall team GPA for the fall 2011 quarter was a 2.73 which is a significant improvement over the in-season GPA of 2.69 the Bearcats posted in the fall of 2010. Forty-three student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or better while 23 student-athletes earned spots on the Dean’s List, with quarter GPAs of 3.4 or above.