Jones Accepts Offer to be CMU Head Coach

Central Michigan University is set to announce West Virginia University assistant Butch Jones as its new head football coach this afternoon.

Chippewas Insider has learned that West Virginia assistant Butch Jones accepted Central Michigan University's offer this morning to be its head football coach.

A press conference introducing Jones as the new CMU head coach is scheduled for 2 p.m. this afternoon on campus in the Indoor Athletic Complex.

A source close to the situation informed Chippewas Insider that WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez had offered Jones a promotion to assistant head coach in an effort to retain him at WVU.

Jones was one of two finalists to replace Brian Kelly at CMU. The other finalist was University of 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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