Dec 31, 2011; Memphis, TN, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Butch Jones rings the Liberty Bowl bell trophy after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Bearcats defeated the Commodores 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Volunteers Name Butch Jones Head Coach

After a wild search, the Tennessee Volunteers have found their new head coach. It was a search that took a lot of unexpected twists and turns since mid-November when the team fired Derek Dooley, but the Vols finally found their coach in the northeast.

The Volunteers have officially hired Butch Jones, who spent the last three seasons as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats. In his head coaching career, Jones has racked up a record of 50-27. Prior to coaching the Bearcats, Jones led the Central Michigan Chippewas.

A press conference will be held at 2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon to announce Jones as the head coach.

The University of Cincinnati confirmed that Jones decided to step down as the Bearcats head coach in order to take his new job in Tennessee.

“I would like to thank Butch Jones for his time at the University of Cincinnati,” Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock said. “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.”

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