Butch Jones may be out at Tennessee, but that doesn’t mean his days as a Power 5 head coach are over.
According to a group report from SBNation’s Steven Godfrey, Jason Kirk, Richard Johnson and Bud Elliott, the former Vols coach has been contacted about his potential interest in the coaching vacancy at Oregon State.
Jones reportedly “turned down the overture.”
Given his coaching history, a trip to the West Coast would seem like an odd fit for Jones. Prior to Tennessee, Jones had coaching stops at Cincinnati, Central Michigan and West Virginia, among others. None of which indicate any ties to the Pac-12 or West Coast recruiting.
Plus, there’s the complicated matter of Jones’ buyout at Tennessee and how that might impact his decision on a new coaching job from a financial perspective.
While Jones reportedly turning down the opportunity to talk about this job is not surprising, it is a reminder that the national perspective of Jones may be different than that of folks who grew tired of him in Knoxville.
Jones has a career 84-54 record as a head coach, including his 34-27 mark at Tennessee.