Cincinnati negotiating with Jones
Parties from both sides entered into contract negotiations on Tuesday night and the deal is expected to be finalized by Wednesday morning. As of now, the change is not official.
Butch Jones was not available for comment on the situation and Central Michigan Athletics Director Dave Heeke told the Morning Sun “I would prefer that Cincinnati be the ones to make any comments on the matter.”
If Jones reaches a deal, he will replace Brian Kelly, who left the Bearcats following a 12-0 season in 2009 and a Big East Championship. Kelly left Cincinnati to take over the head coaching position at Notre Dame.
Jones replaced Kelly at Central Michigan after Kelly left CMU to become head coach of the Bearcats following the 2006 season, where he won a Mid-American Conference title.
In three years as head coach, Jones has won two MAC titles and just recently led the Chippewas into the top 25 rankings for the first time in school history.
The Morning Sun will have more information as it becomes available.