Butch Jones Named UC Head
CINCINNATI - Butch Jones, who led Central Michigan University to a pair of Mid-American Conference Championships and three-straight bowl appearances, has been named the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati, Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced on Dec. 16, 2009.
Jones replaces Brian Kelly, who resigned on Dec. 10, 2009 to accept the head football coaching position at the University of Notre Dame.
Jones, who also replaced Kelly at CMU, has continued the program's renaissance, going 27-13 over the past three seasons, winning a pair of MAC Championships (2007, 2009), and playing in three-straight bowl games. He is the only coach in CMU history to lead the team to consecutive bowl games and is the first in MAC history to do it in his first three seasons as head coach.
Central Michigan is 11-2 (8-0 MAC) on the season, ranked No. 25 in the latest Associated Press poll and will play Troy University on Jan. 6, 2010 in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
"Butch Jones has proven himself to be a championship-caliber football coach," Thomas said. "I am impressed by the qualities he brings to the table, his knowledge of the BIG EAST Conference, and his desire to succeed. We're proud to welcome him to the UC family."
Jones coached 31 all-MAC performers, including two-time MAC Offensive Player of the Year and 2009 MAC Vern Smith Leadership Award winner Dan LeFevour, and two-time MAC Special Teams Player of the Year Antonio Brown. Under his tutelage, 13 student-athletes earned Academic all-MAC accolades.