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Four Downs: Jones Hiring By Numbers

Dec. 10, 2012

By Brian Rice
UTSports.com

In this special edition of Four Downs, we take a look at Butch Jones, the newest head Volunteer, by the numbers. Including more than 40,000 Twitter followers!

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First Down: 4 - Conference Championships Won by Jones

In his six years as a head coach at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, Butch Jones has found his team with at least a share of a conference title on four occasions and has led his teams to five bowl selections.

In his initial season at Central Michigan, Jones led the Chippewas to their second-consecutive MAC Championship game victory after a 6-1 conference record in the regular season. CMU tied for second in the MAC a season later, but Jones' team ran the table in MAC play in 2009, including a 20-10 win over Ohio in the MAC Championship Game.

After his first season at Cincinnati, Jones' team rebounded to win a share of the BIG EAST championship each of the next two seasons. His 2011 team overcame loss at Tennessee to win six consecutive games in the middle of the year and tie for the title with West Virginia. This season, the Bearcats won their first five games of the season en route to a 9-3 record overall, 5-2 in the BIG EAST. The 5-2 conference record split the championship four ways between Cincinnati, Louisville, Syracuse and Rutgers.

Jones's teams have won eight or more games in five of his six seasons as a head coach, with 2010 Cincinnati being the only exception. He has won double-digit games twice, as his 2009 CMU squad went 11-2, and won its bowl game after Jones departed for Cincinnati for win #12. Jones again broke double-digits in 2011 with a 10-3 record, including a win over Vanderbilt in the Liberty Bowl.

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Second Down: 50 - Career Victories as a Head Coach

Jones comes to Tennessee with the second-best win total for an incoming head coach in program history. Johnny Majors had a record of 53-43-2 at Iowa State and Pittsburgh before taking over the Volunteer program in 1977.

Jones' 50-27 record in six seasons is nearly identical to the 50-27-1 record that Bowden Wyatt had as a head coach prior to taking over at UT in 1955. Wyatt had spent six seasons at Wyoming and two at Arkansas before coming to Knoxville. The College Football Hall of Famer led the Vols to an SEC Championship in his second season with the Vols in 1956.

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Third Down: Quick Hits

4 - Consecutive wins by Volunteer head coaches in their first game at Tennessee. Interim head coach Jim Chaney won his only game leading the Vols in the 2012 finale against Kentucky, 37-17. Derek Dooley defeated UT Martin, 50-0 in his debut and Lane Kiffin took down Western Kentucky, 63-7. Phillip Fulmer won his first game at Tennessee, however you choose to calculate it. Fulmer defeated Southwestern Louisiana, 38-3, in 1992, the first game credited to his career record, as interim coach filling in for Johnny Majors. Fulmer won the 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl, 38-23, over Boston College after being named head coach after the 1992 season. Fulmer also won his regular-season debut in 1993, 50-0 over Louisiana Tech.

Dating back to J.A. Pierce taking over as the first full-time coach in Tennessee history in 1899, all but four of the 24 Volunteer coaches have won their debuts at UT. Andrew Stone in 1910, Harvey Robinson in 1953, Wyatt in 1955 and Majors in 1977 each saw their teams fall in their respective openers.

4 - 1,000+ yard rushers in Jones' offenses, including one each of the last three seasons. Quarterback Dan LeFavour ran for 1,122 while also throwing for 3,652 in Jones' first season at Central Michigan. At Cincinnati, Isiah Pead posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 (1,029) and 2011 (1,338), while George Winn has 1,204 heading into the Bearcats' appearance in the Belk Bowl later this month.

31.6 - Average points per game posted by Jones' offenses over the last six seasons. His offenses averaged over 33 points per game on three occasions.

3280.2 - Average yards passing by Jones' teams at CMU and UC.

2200.5 - Average rushing yards by Jones-coached offenses since 2007

40,000 and counting - Number of Twitter followers for @UTCoachJones, the official account of Butch Jones, as of Monday morning. The account, which Jones maintained under a different handle at Cincinnati, had a little over 10,000 before the official announcement of his hiring at UT was made on Friday.

90,000+ - Number of views on YouTube for UT Video's Behind-the-scenes look at Butch Jones' first day on the job, as of Sunday night.

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Fourth Down - A Look Ahead

800 - The first win of the Butch Jones era will be the 800th in the storied history of Tennessee Football. With 799, the Vols currently sit eighth on the NCAA Division I wins list.

72 - Points scored by Jones' 2011 Cincinnati team in its opener against Austin Peay, the first Vol opponent of the 2013 season.

264 - Days until the Governors come to Neyland Stadium and it will once again be Football Time in Tennessee!

 

 

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