UC Introduces Butch Jones As Football Coach
Jones Also Replaced Kelly At Central Michigan

POSTED: 10:40 pm EST December 15, 2009
UPDATED: 5:18 pm EST December 16, 2009
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CINCINNATI --
The University of Cincinnati introduced Butch Jones as the next football coach of the Bearcats Wednesday afternoon.

The Chippewas coach has agreed to a 5-year deal with the Bearcats to replace Brian Kelly.

Click here to watch WLWT's live coverage of the announcement.

This marks the second time in three years that the Bearcats turned to the Mid-American Conference school for their head coach. They hired Kelly after his three-year stay at Central Michigan, where his spread offense was one of the nation's best.

At Central Michigan, Jones then succeeded Kelly. Jones kept the high-powered offensive approach and built on Kelly's success at Central Michigan, winning the MAC title this season by beating Ohio. The Chippewas finished the season at No. 25, their first time in the national rankings.

Cincinnati (12-0) moved quickly to replace Kelly, who accepted Notre Dame's coaching job last Thursday. Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn, who has been Kelly's assistant for the last 22 years, said Tuesday he hoped to get the job even though he had no head coaching experience.

Quinn was promoted to interim coach when Kelly left, given responsibility for getting the Bearcats ready to face Florida in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day. The Bearcats are scheduled to resume practice Thursday.

It's unclear whether Jones would coach Cincinnati in its bowl game. The Chippewas will play Troy in the GMAC Bowl on Jan. 6.

Jones' offensive philosophy and his familiarity with the Big East worked in his favor. He was an offensive coordinator at Central Michigan before moving to West Virginia as an assistant to Rich Rodriguez in 2005-06. When Kelly left for Cincinnati, he got his job at Central Michigan.

While Jones was at West Virginia, the Mountaineers had one of the nation's top offenses. That worked in his favor next season, Cincinnati will return the nucleus of an offense that is one of the nation's best.