Jones is currently special assistant to Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Jones was an Alabama staff offensive analyst for the previous two seasons.
“It truly is an honor and a privilege to be the head coach of football at Arkansas State University,” Jones said in a statement. “It’s a position I’m very proud of and look forward to connecting with our student-athletes to build on the strong tradition of excellence on and off the playing field.
Jones spent five seasons coaching the Volunteers, going 34-27 but only 14-24 in the SEC. Jones led the Flights to consecutive nine-game winning seasons in 2015 and 2016, but was sacked with two games to go in the 2017 season with a 4-6 record. Tennessee would end this season 0-8 in the SEC game.
Previously, Jones had managed stints in Cincinnati (23-14 in three seasons, including a Big East conference championship in 2011) and central Michigan (27-13). Jones’ teams have competed in bowling matches in eight of his 11 seasons as head coach.
“Butch Jones’ exceptional track record both at [Group of 5] and [Power 5] the levels are evident, and we are delighted to have him as the head of our football program in the future, ”Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir said in a statement. -Back nine winning seasons, and he led Cincinnati and central Michigan to four conference championships over a six-year span.
“Butch has also worked with one of the most respected coaches in history at Nick Saban for the past three years in Alabama. Our pool of applicants was fantastic, but after in-depth and positive conversations with Butch, while looking at his story of winning, our coaching and leadership abilities, and our vision for our program, we became convinced that he was the choice. clear to be our next head coach. ”
Jones replaces Blake Anderson at Arkansas State. Anderson left to take the Utah State Head Coach job after seven seasons with a 51-37 record and two Sun Belt Championships. The Red Wolves have been one of the most consistent programs in the conference, although they have slipped to 4-7 this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.