Report: Butch Jones called son’s high school coach about serving as volunteer assistant next year


As soon as Rich Rodriguez was fired by Arizona, one name that appeared in coaching rumors for the vacancy was former Tennessee coach Butch Jones. However, those rumblings may be premature.

According to Jimmy Hyams of WNML, Jones called the coach of his son’s high school team, Steve Mathews at Knoxville Catholic High School, about potentially serving as a volunteer assistant next season. Jones’ son, Adam, will be entering his senior season in the fall.

Fox’s Bruce Feldman says Butch Jones is under `strong consideration’ for the Arizona job after Rich Rodriguez was fired. Interestingly, Jones called Knoxville Catholic HS coach Steve Mathews about working as a volunteer coach this fall while son Adam plays his senior season.

— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) January 3, 2018

However, Hyams also tweeted that Mathews wasn’t sure if Jones was serious about the offer. Also, Jones will need to pursue another college job in order to receive the entirety of his $8.25 million buyout over the next three years, per his contract, according to Hyams.

If Jones interviews for the Arizona job, that might fulfill that stipulation of his prior contract, per Hyams, who also reported that Jones has not responded to calls or texts.

Mathews said he wasn’t sure if Jones was serious. Jones’ contract says for him to get paid (he’s owed an $8.25 million buyout over 3-plus
years) he must pursue another job. If Jones interviews at Arizona, that might fulfill request. Jones hasn't responded to calls or texts.

— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) January 3, 2018

Jones was fired by Tennessee on Nov. 12. He went 34-27 over five seasons leading the Vols, including going 4-6 this year before his firing.

Prior to his stint at Tennessee, Jones was the head coach at Central Michigan (2007-09) and Cincinnati (2010-12). He owns an 84-54 career record.

Jones’ next move could take him to the Pac-12, which already has several new coaches for next season, including Herm Edwards (Arizona State) and Chip Kelly (UCLA). Or, perhaps Jones will take a big step down to the high-school ranks as a volunteer assistant.

The post Report: Butch Jones called son’s high school coach about serving as volunteer assistant next year appeared first on SEC Country.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Cousins will still get top-tier money despite non-elite QBs in final four
Cousins will still get top-tier money despite non-elite QBs in final four

It is that overlapping time on the NFL calendar when most franchises have turned the page to preparing for next season while the fortunate few still playing continue to vie for this season's biggest prize. And, on occasion, the way in which those successful teams have gone about getting to this point can be immediately instructive to everyone else...
Bones still a caddie, but with a microphone in hand
Bones still a caddie, but with a microphone in hand

All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim "Bones" Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie. It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.  Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.  It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil...
Keenum, Foles and Bortles are still alive. Just like everyone expected
Keenum, Foles and Bortles are still alive. Just like everyone expected

This season's second-to-last Sunday of NFL competition comes this weekend and Tom Brady will be playing. That's not exactly stunning. Brady has pretty much ended all debate about which quarterback is the greatest in pro football history. He and the New England Patriots will be playing in their seventh straight AFC championship game this weekend. But...
Why Jaguars, Vikings are best of options for Super Bowl matchup
Why Jaguars, Vikings are best of options for Super Bowl matchup

The people have spoken. And by people I mean, of course, my Twitter followers, which when you think about it covers everyone of importance. Or so I’d like to think.  The question — now that they have spoken — is what to make of it. And do they simply have a death wish for NFL TV ratings?   I posted a Twitter poll this...
American curlers have heard your jokes. Their response: Try it
American curlers have heard your jokes. Their response: Try it

Don't bother telling Joe Rockenbach your curling jokes. He's heard them all. As president of his local curling club, Rockenbach has listened to people tell him that curling is not a real sport. Or about how curlers must be skilled house cleaners because their sport involves sweeping. Those comments used to irk Rockenbach, a 37-year-old Philadelphia...
More Stories