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DEVELOPING STORY: Butch Jones Contacted By Rutgers

by | Sep 29, 2019

Brunswick, NJ– Rutgers University has reportedly fired head football coach Chris Ash, following an abysmal tenure at Rutgers. Contrary to popular belief this is more important to Tennessee then many think, as Watch Stadium’s Brett McMurphy is now reporting that the University has reached out to Alabama offensive analyst and former Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones to gauge his interest in the opening. Earlier in the week, Rivals.Com learned Jones did indeed have an interest in the job if it was open at the end of the season, so there appears to be mutual interest on both ends. 

If Jones were to be hired by Rutgers it would have more implications to the University of Tennessee then many believe as it would effectively lower the nearly 8 million dollars in buyout payments that UT is required to provide Jones with following his termination in 2017. Essentially, if you are a Tennessee fan, you should be rooting hard for Jones to land the Rutgers job as it would allow UT to save their financial resources for other situations.

Butch Jones also appears to have some competition for the job as McMurphy is also reporting that Rutgers officials have reached out to their former head coach Greg Schiano and former South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt to gauge their interest in the opening. All 3 of the coaches in consideration are coaches who had great reputations and are looking to rebuild their coaching careers after encountering setbacks. 

Only time will tell if Butch Jones will be gifted another chance at being a power-5 coach again, but for now, there appears to be mutual interest between him and Rutgers. This is a developing story and we will update it as more details emerge.

Luke A. Thomas

Luke A. Thomas

Senior Writer

Luke was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and grew up with a passion for SEC Football.

His career in journalism started in 2016 when he covered his hometown MTSU Blue Raiders. He would later go on to cover the local Vanderbilt Commodores before he would begin covering the Volunteers. He wrote for SBNation, covering UT Athletics before joining Volunteer Roadshow in May of 2019. At Volunteer Roadshow he covers all things Tennessee, with a focus on UT Football and Basketball.

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