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Butch Jones hasn’t heard from UK

Butch Jones, one of the top candidates in UK’s head coaching search, told FOX19 on Monday that he hasn’t heard from the Wildcats:

“You hear things out there and I think that’s a compliment to our football program. But, all my energy and focus is on the University of Cincinnati and getting a quality bowl game. I live in a bunker, I study film and all my effort and energy is on every single player in our football program.”

On Sunday, rumor spread that Kentucky had offered the job to Jones, which the school quickly denied. Interestingly, Jones didn’t close the door on the Cats in his comments to the media, instead turning the conversation back to his team.

Jonathan Schuette will be by in a bit to tell you some more about the man they call Butch.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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61 Comments for Butch Jones hasn’t heard from UK

  1. Dr. Pindyke
    1:52 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Thank God, guy recurits worse than Joker and Dooley.

  2. Fred
    1:53 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Something tells me that no-one has been offered the job except for the NFL names like Dungy or Cowher and that he waited at least a week to hear no’s from those names. Now we start over, just like the last time that Mitch hired a football coach.

  3. BBN
    1:53 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    The quoted text does not say that he has not heard from Kentucky.

  4. tdogg40330
    1:55 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    true or not, thats just coach talk …. thats what they all say

  5. BigRush
    1:56 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Word on the street is that Jon Gruden was enjoying an inside out hot brown at Wallace Station not long ago… I’de say there is something going on in the Gruden family tree.

  6. ukfaninohio
    1:57 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    If he comes here and wins 7 games youll be hearing that same quote again within a year or two.

  7. tdogg40330
    2:01 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    6) you can say that with any coach, its a stepping stone job unless you just get
    lucky …. thats why I say go get Petrino and take ya chances.

  8. Really?
    2:01 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    this guy is mediocre in the Big East, how will he do in the SEC???

  9. Ukalum
    2:02 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Two words gary Anderson. He took a program worse off than cincy and has built a better team than butch jones has at cincy

  10. Chris Matthews
    2:04 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    OMG. I can feel a tingle up my leg on that possibility! Really, We want the coach from Cincinnati? Wow that will fill the seats with excited football fans. Barnhart probably will screw up th football program even worse than he already has.

  11. Really?
    2:05 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    2010 4-8
    2011 10-3 (zero top 25 wins)
    2012 7-3 (zero top 25 wins)


  12. Bradley
    2:07 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I’m hoping for an out of the park hire, but Butch Jones is a damn good coach. Better than we’ve had in a LONG time.

  13. Bob Cobb
    2:07 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t hold your breath thinking that UK will get a coach who will recruit much better than Joker. The best we can hope for is a coach who can bring in a similar level of talent as Joker and develop it, instead of letting it rot. Someone with an innovative style of play that gets the most out of his roster.

    Butch Jones is a different coach than Charlie Strong, but is at worst his equal in terms of ability. Considering that Strong is a top contender for jobs much better than UK, Kentucky could do a lot worse than Butch Jones.

  14. Butch Jones
    2:08 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    That comment was deleted? If intentionally so this place is an fn joke.

  15. Butch Jones
    2:09 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Nevermind. It just reappeared. This place is not an fn joke.

  16. Ukbass
    2:10 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    This is all really boring. I wish their were no more news until a hire.

  17. Butch Jones
    2:10 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Wait, it says “awaiting moderation”. The fn joke statement could still potentially stand.

  18. Cannon
    2:12 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Hell lets get Jay Gruden

  19. Petrino's Agent
    2:14 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Even I am tired of hearing all the Bobby to UK talk. Not going to happen.

  20. fromUtah
    2:18 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    9 – Gary Anderson is about as bad of a hire as it could get……..I would honestly rather have Joker back. He can’t recruit. He knows nothing about offense. Hes lived in the state of Utah for the past decade.

  21. Dr PinDyke
    2:20 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #10) LOL, I agree #8

  22. Modeling Agent
    2:22 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Hire the kid from A&M.
    At least he will be popular among the female fan base, win or loose.
    He should be energetic and bright enough to recruit…and he surely wants to make a big name for himself.
    We do not need a retread that can’t recruit.
    In general, Senior citizens, of which I am one, do not want to be on the recruiting trail 300 days a year…and are usually set in their ways.
    Go after some “new” young blood!

  23. schwing
    2:25 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    the moderation comments are getting ridiculous.

  24. Floyd
    2:38 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Aside from Morris, who has ever used UK as a stepping stone? Plenty of grave stones, yes, but stepping stones, no.

  25. Rick
    2:39 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Notre Dame did pretty well with a coach from Cincinnati…

  26. dave
    2:42 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    no where in those comments did he indicate that he hasnt heard from UK. that is about as vague coach-speak as it gets. if anything his comments should make one believe he is looking to leave.
    wrap it up, TT.

  27. Ukalum
    2:43 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    20) gary Anderson is probly the only decent hire uk can make. Sonny dykes is Derek Dooley part 2. And everyone else that is better has better options or no HC experience. By the way utah state is ranked 35th or better in almost all offensive categories besides defense wins in the SEC.

  28. Rich Madky
    2:43 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    He’s a solid coach and would be a good hire, despite what are fans that think Gruden/Cowher are attainable would think. That being said, he at no time denies that there has been contact and/or denies interest.

  29. Brandon Phillips
    2:45 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Chris Spier…he is the best coach available in Cincinnati.

  30. SeoulCat
    2:46 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    10-9 record in the Big East. Only managed to put three points on the board Saturday….against Rutgers. Butch Jones=guaranteed losing record in the SEC. Matt Jones hates Petrino but is enamored with this guy. It’s almost as if he wants UK to lose.

  31. Ukalum
    2:46 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Oh and Gary Anderson was the defensive coordinator for the utah team that beat Alabama by 14 in the 2008 sugar bowl

  32. Copy & Paste says
    2:47 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    He sounds reasonable to me:

    Since arriving in Cincinnati, Jones has made an immediate impact, building a staff of championship-level coaches and teachers, as well as an atmosphere of competition and family, while also overseeing an academic program of great success. Jones and his staff have shown the ability to produce NFL-ready talent as well, sending 11 players to the NFL over the past three years.

    UC was the most improved NCAA FBS AQ team in 2011, finishing with a 10-3 mark and a Top-25 final ranking, as well as returning to postseason play, knocking of SEC foe Vanderbilt in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the program’s first bowl win over a BCS opponent.

  33. Hal
    2:48 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    dave doeren
    gary andersen
    mike macintyre
    kirby smart

    if we cant any of those 4 than it’s not looking good….

  34. Ukalum
    2:50 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    And Gary Anderson was considered one of the best non BCS recruiters while he was at utah.

  35. SeoulCat
    2:52 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #25 Alabama did pretty well with a coach from Kentucky (Bryant). I guess the whole world should be after Joker as the hot, new candidate now. Brian Kelly was 17-4 in the Big East in his three seasons at Cincy. Butch Jones is 10-9 in the same span of time. They aren’t the same man.

  36. Breal
    3:00 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #30) Well Said!

  37. Ukalum
    3:12 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    49, 41, 48, 38, 48 these are the number of points that utah state and gary Anderson has put on teams in their conference and the average score for the opponents is in the 20’s. Gary Anderson has utah state dominating the WAC. And if you can get a kid to go to utah state for football, you could get a kid to come to uk.

  38. fatkidineastky
    3:13 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I think we could do worse than Butch Jones….Yes Gary Anderson/ McIntyre can coach….BUT…I believe he would struggle recruiting when taken out of his Northwest base. I am under the belief that we MUST….and I cannot understate that….MUST recruit OHIO, Michigan, PA, Illinois and Indiana. We MUST make ourselves the SEC to the NORTH….because we can NEVER EVER EVER out recruit LSU, FLA, GA, and others from the SEC for players out of the South….NEVER! So our focus needs to be placed northward and drawing to the SEC as being the SEC team of the North. With that said…I still feel we need a NFL name….Todd Haley,Dirk Koetter, JAY Gruden, Greg Roman,even Bruce Arians. These guys can DEVELOP RECRUITING CIRCLES by hiring assistants of staff and being able to sell – “This is how u get o the NFL. I know as I have been there.” John Calipari was able to use that @ Memphis – YES MEMPHIS….SO UK can do the same…..IF we are able to land that NFL Guy! Look at what Jim Mora II has done @ UCLA….that CAN BE DONE HERE!

  39. Bowl Guru
    3:14 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Eleminate anyone that has ever coached in a minor bowl…Liberty, Potato, Belk, Independence, Bell Helicopter, Alamo,, and above all the Music City and Poulan Weed Eater Bowls. These are just a few examples, there are many others. Alos, eleminate anyone that has coached in a bowl that was been held in Detroit, Memphis, Shreveport or Las Vegas. That is my take!

  40. M. Vick
    3:17 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler, that’s NOT what he said….. your headline is misleading. He gave a classic Press Conference soundbite to quell the noise.

  41. JLivermore
    3:32 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    #38 – Absolutely right we must hit the midwest and northeast. Outside of Kentucky, the largest number of UK All-Americans have come from this area. It just boggles the mind that we have 23 players from Georgia on our roster this year, all passed up I’m sure by UGA, USC, Auburn, UF, etc. We are basically trying to beat SEC teams with Georgia Southern players.

  42. Reality
    3:43 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    34, 37 – Please just stop….he is an absolutely terrible recruiter. Last years class at Utah State was 117 out of 122 D-1 teams. Not only is he a bad recruiter, but its primarily because he has spent most of his entire life coaching mid-majors in Utah. What makes you think that a guy whose never recruited a player east of the Mountain Time Zone can recruit players to the best conference in the country. He’s never even served as a member of a staff at a successful program??? He has one of the worst resumes for a UK coach I have ever seen.

  43. Reality
    3:45 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Gary Anderson should NOT even make a Top 20 list…..if we are that bad of a program that we would have to settle for Gary Anderson than we should have just kept Joker.

  44. Reality
    3:46 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Im not even a “Bobby Petrino or Bust” guy, I would take a lot of the names that have been discussed, but please keep the Gary Anderson garbage in Utah where he belongs.

  45. ????
    4:01 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    22. I agree with you the kid from Texas A&M would be a good coach and a good recruiter from kids in Texas.

  46. Billy G
    4:16 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart is going to try to look like a genius and hire a coach you havent really heard of and then claim all the credit! It wont work and cost him his job!

  47. Musehobo
    4:20 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I am going to tell you this and everyone needs to seriously think about it. There have been at least 20 names thrown out and there are only 2-3 that Cat fans can agree on (all NFL big-wigs) and none of them are coming here. The MOST anyone agrees on is Bobby Petrino and only HALF of our fanbase wants him. Bicker all you want about the middle-of-the-road guys you don’t want, but instead of complaining when he’s hired, give him a chance. And don’t start that “I’m telling you, this guy is going fail” bullcrap, most coaches fail here. Give whoever the poor soul who inherits Joker’s job a chance and quit acting like a bunch of spoiled babies.

  48. paducahfan
    4:34 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t want anyone whose current team logo looks exactly like Chick-fil-A’s (and I like their chicken).

  49. Bob Cobb
    4:36 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    I get a real chuckle out of the folks who emphasize recruiting in this search. Joker is one if the best recruiters UK has had, and one of the worst coaches. We are not going to take the studs away from big time programs. We have to work with SEC scraps and dominate in state recruiting. It is about discipline and development. That’s just the way it is and changing it will take years. Before we get there we have to first get back to respectability.

  50. barn
    4:40 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    mitch is probably close to hiring somebody but i doubt we hear anything until after our last game, or maybe after the season, depending on who that somebody is. i think mitch will get it right

  51. Ukalum
    4:42 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    42) gary Anderson was on urban Meyers coaching staff and was the defensive coordinator of a 13-0 team that beat Alabama in the sugar bowl in 2008. Utah state had 11 consecutive losing seasons before Anderson got there he is one hell of a coach and could get the players to a winning program.

  52. barn
    4:46 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    49–i get a chuckle out of fans like you who claim that joker is such a good recruiter. UK’s recruiting classes have faired no better than 10th (and maybe 9th once) in the sec the past 10 years, per maybe no one else can recruit any better at UK than joker, but he was no better than previous hc’s.

  53. Ukalum
    4:47 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    42,43,44 in case you didn’t realize gary Anderson has beat a BCS school this year which is more than joker can say. The last kentucky school to hire a guy from utah state was when Louisville hired John L smith in the late 90’s last time I checked he did pretty well at Louisville until he left for Michigan state.

  54. Ukalum
    4:56 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    42,43,44 by the way Anderson brought in the 74 th best recruiting class in 2010. UK brought in the 62nd best that year. If Anderson was at uk he could bring in better recruiting classes.

  55. Bob Cobb
    4:57 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Whoever comes here will be 12-14th in recruiting every year until they are a consistent winner. He’s going to have to make it work.

  56. Ukalum
    4:58 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    42,43,44 besides uk has enough talent to be competitive next year anyway with a decent coach.

  57. Mr. Obvious
    5:12 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink


  58. Mr. Obvious
    5:16 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    It’s not the recruiting ranking that matters. It’s the ability of the entire staff to (1) find talent – see it where others don’t like in Randall Cobb and (2) develop that talent. This is precisely where Coach Brooks succeeded and Coach Joker simply did not. Just curious b/c I dunno: Did Joker keep most of Papa Brooks’ staff? If my memory serves me well, and I think it does, Joker let many of Papa Brooks’ guys go.

  59. new coach!
    7:04 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    This is the new hot coach we need to get. Dave Doeren. check this out

  60. Tired of Being 1 of 12 games
    7:57 pm November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Couldn’t “saint” Mitch make “saving” Petrino from his misgiuded ways his new mission, and deliver his chance for redemption?

  61. Dewayne
    2:09 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    #9 worse off than cincy just about all teams was worse off than cincy. Brian Kly was undefeated or just 1 loss when Jonez took over. Everywhere Jones had coached basically he’s followed Kelly and enjoyed the fruits of Kelly’s labor. He’s not had a full recruiting class in place before he’s bolted. He’s won with Kelly’s players. Should’ve just kept Joker if you hire him or Brown or Kingsbury. That’s really a home run