This morning, the University of Tennessee announced that Butch Jones, the University of Cincinnati’s head man for the past three seasons, is the choice of Dave Hart.
As of the time of the announcement, Jones was not the choice of the majority of the Vol Nation.
Even with the lucrative price tag of $18 million over six years, he likely wasn’t Tennessee’s first choice, or second choice, or third choice. He likely wasn’t in the top twenty of desired candidates for the vast majority of fans.
But, regardless of the secrecy of the actual process, executed priorities, and actual timeline of the search, Butch Jones is now the head coach of the Vols.
After winning two consecutive Big East titles and making appearances in the Orange and Sugar Bowls, last season’s 4-and-8 record was like a cold-water bath for the Cincinnati Bearcat fans. Losing their head coach (Brian Kelly) right before their big moment in the limelight of their 2009 season (Sugar Bowl) was like a kick in the stomach. They took a 12-0 record and #4 national ranking (AP) to New Orleans, but went on to lose to Florida 51-24.
The University of Cincinnati “Bearcats” were born on October 31, 1914 during a football game with Kentucky.
Kentucky was the fifth game of a nine-game schedule in 1914. No one had scored against Cincinnati in the first four games. Kentucky was the first quality team the Red and Black would face that season.