Jones: Vols Are Best College Football Program In America
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) New Tennessee football coach Butch Jones says he's eager to roll up his sleeves and take over what he called "the best college football program in America."
The 44-year-old Jones said during his introductory news conference Friday that his team "will be a champion in everything we do."
Jones owns a 50-27 record in six seasons as a head coach. He went 27-13 in three seasons at Central Michigan and has gone 23-14 at Cincinnati the last three years. Jones must rebuild a former SEC power that has posted three consecutive losing seasons.
Tennessee had been seeking a new coach since the Nov. 18 firing of Derek Dooley, who went 15-21 in three years. The Vols pursued Jones after getting rebuffed by ESPN analyst Jon Gruden and Louisville coach Charlie Strong.
Source: Steve Megargee, Associated Press