CMU Offers Jones Head Coaching Position

Central Michigan University has offered the job as its next head football coach to West Virginia University assistant Butch Jones.

Chippewas Insider has learned from a source close to the situation that West Virginia assistant coach Butch Jones has been offered the job to be Central Michigan University's next head football coach.

Jones is expected to inform CMU of his decision by tomorrow (Friday) morning. A press conference introducing Jones as the Chippewas next head coach could take place as early as tomorrow afternoon.

A source has also informed Chippewas Insider that WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez has offered Jones a promotion to be the Mountaineers assistant head coach, replacing Rick Trickett, who accepted a coaching position at Florida State this week.

Jones, one of two finalists to replace Brian Kelly at CMU, was on campus today for a second interview. The other finalist, also on campus today, was Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

A Saugatuck, Mich., native, Jones spent seven seasons (1998-2004) as a member of the CMU coaching staff, including three as offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Jones also served one season (1998) as the Chippewas tight ends coach and one (1999) as wide receivers coach before taking charge of the running backs.

In January 2005, Jones was hired by Rodriguez to be the Mountaineers wide receivers coach.

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