Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jones not out of the Marshall running

This morning I saw that ESPN's Mark Schlabach posted the following on his twitter page: Who is Marshall going to hire? Central Michigan's Butch Jones apparently pulled out of the search. Former WVU asst.

I can confirm from sources at CMU and at Marshall that this is not true. Again, BUTCH JONES HASN'T PULLED HIS NAME OUT OF THE RUNNING AT MARSHALL. The buzz may have died down due to there not being an interview happening yet this week, but my sources tell me (and they are reliable) that Jones has not pulled his name out.

I can also confirm that an interview with Marshall HAS NOT been scheduled as of yet. Some media outlets are saying one is set for tomorrow, but sources close to the situation in Marshall have confirmed that is not the case, but a potential meeting is being worked on. Jones did appear on his weekly radio show, The Front Row Seat on Thursday night where he spoke about winning the MAC Championship and breaking into the top 25 rankings.

Chuck Landon of the Huntington Herald Dispatch reported that Marshall Athletics Director, Mike Hamrick, is interviewing Florida State assistant Rick Trickett Friday in Charlotte, N.C. about the opening, but Trickett is not considered to be a front-runner for the job according to sources in Marshall.

Kansas is also picking up steam as an interview has been scheduled with Jones over the new few days according to sources close to the situation in Kansas. The Jayhawks may be the team to really fear for CMU fans as Kansas is a BCS conference team and can clearly offer more money than CMU can possibly put together. Jones is not listed as the clear-favorite, but is one of the top candidates among others like Buffalo's Turner Gill.

With Brian Kelly taking the Notre Dame job Thursday, Cincinnati will now likely be on the radar as well as the Bearcats may very well come calling to Mt. Pleasant once again.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should pull out, going to Marshall would be a backward move.

December 10, 2009 at 8:12 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Backward move? He would make twice as much in base salary alone. Better conference with more bowl tie-ins and money, better stadium and facilities. The only thing CMU has over MU is an IPF and one is being built soon. With that said, I don't think Jones is worth it.

December 10, 2009 at 10:12 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as conference divisions go, Marshall is a step back. Marshall has to get by ECU, UCF, USM every year (imagine if Memphis could get their stuff together with all their resources). CMU's only real threats are usually NIU, WMU, Toledo. Not quite as formidable as far as getting to a division title and bowl.

December 10, 2009 at 2:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you serious? That is the whole point to better yourself with better competition. MU lost all their games almost last 3 years due to mark snyder and now he is gone. And c-usa has 5 bowl tie ins with 2 more conditional, for example, MU at 6-6 this year, losing 3 games by 7 or less) is playing the mac's #2 team in a bowl. That they only get if other conferences can't make bowls, so in essence, alternates.

MU can easily be a top 20 or top 10 team in the country again with butch jones or another competent coach at the helm.

December 10, 2009 at 2:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he would go to Marshall, he would inherit a bowl team with plenty of undeveloped talent. Anotherwords, it wouldn't be a rebuilding effort. He could potentially make a bigger name for himself to go there. Think about it... Cincy has reached their maximum potential, Marshall has had losing seasons for several years up until 6-6 this year. If he could make them champs of C-USA a couple years he'd be headed to a major BCS program.

December 10, 2009 at 6:55 PM 

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