Central Michigan – Head Coach
Record – 26-13 overall
Butch Jones is one of the top young head coaches in the country who knows how Brian Kelly builds a team having followed Kelly at Central Michigan.
Since taking over for Kelly in 2007, Jones has posted a 23-16 overall record and has won two Mid-American Conference titles to go with a second place finish. In each season he's taken his team to a bowl game having gone 0-2 with this year's game still to be played.
Jones attended Ferris State and began his coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at Rutgers. He then went to Wilkes as an offensive coordinator for three seasons and then returned to Ferris State in the same position for three seasons.
A Michigan native Jones spent 1998-2004 at Central Michigan coaching tight ends, running backs and also served as offensive coordinator from 2002-2004. The final year Jones worked with Brian Kelly before leaving West Virginia.
For two seasons Jones was the wide receivers coach at West Virginia before returning to Central Michigan as head coach when Kelly was named Cincinnati's head man.
Some have questioned if Jones would have interest in following Brian Kelly for a second time and if he's ready to run a BCS program. The answer to both is yes. Jones is a sharp coach who's impressed those at Central Michigan on and off the field.