Video: Butch Jones explains why he left Cincinnati
- by Doug Samuels 1 year ago
Butch Jones won two Big East titles during his three years in Cincinnati, including 19 games over his last two seasons, and had the program rolling in the right direction. Then other opportunities came knocking.
First Colorado inquired, then it was Tennessee. After weighing all the options, the facilities in Knoxville and Neyland Stadium were too much for Jones to pass on.
After three years with the Bearcats, where he forged friendships with athletic director Whit Babcock and University president Santa Ono, Jones felt like the players finally understood the expectations of the program. But as he says in the clip, "when you get into this coaching profession everything is about timing and opportunities. I wasn't going to just leave to leave. I wasn't looking to leave."
Coach Jones explained that he looked at other opportunities in the interest of his family, but had made the decision to stick at Cincinnati until the opportunity at Tennessee presented itself.
"There's not very many 'Tennessee's'. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity at a very storied football program, and I think everyone understands that. When that opportunity presented itself, sometimes you have to make decisions for your career and your family. I leave behind a lot of great friends, but those friends will last a lifetime."