After all the drama with the University of Colorado, Butch Jones has decided to be the next head coach for the University of Tennessee.
ESPN and the Associated Press broke the news of his decision around 5:30 a.m. Friday, about a day after Jones withdrew his name from candidacy for the Buffaloes job. Currently the head coach for the University of Cincinnati, Jones has battled reports that he spoke with officials from Purdue University and University of Colorado about coaching jobs in the past week.
Numerous media outlets, including 7NEWS, reported that sources at CU leaked news that Jones was coming to Boulder on Wednesday. Within hours, Jones and CU representatives denied the reports as premature.
It appeared Jones was shaken and clearly disturbed by the reports and he decided to remove his name from consideration Thursday morning.
CU is trying to recover after their worst season, 1-11, and the firing of head coach Jon Embree after two years.
"Amid the very competitive environment for college coaches right now, it is vital for CU to get the right fit: a coach who can take our program to new levels of success, who embodies and endorses our values, and who is committed to taking us to the highest levels of competition in the Pac-12 Conference," Chancellor Phil DiStefano said in a statement released by the school Thursday. "We are not deterred in our process of finding this special coach and our search continues."