I'm over the banter about who has a top ten job a top 25 job, etc. I think it is so overstated. Truth is, the job is only as good as the last guy that left it. I am sure once Saban steps down, many big name coaches will clamor to get that gig, because the table is set for immediate success. But, in most situations a school is looking to hire a coach because the last guy was fired and whomever replaces him has got a rebuilding job with a fanbase that demands quick results. I understand there is some stigma with the guy that follows the legend, but I believe it's more difficult to succeed at a school that has been down for several years. Tennessee's tradition, facilties, and historical success are among the tops in the nation, not to mention its commitment to football, but it's going to be a much tougher job than any of the big game coaches would have left to take over the reins.
As we reported last night, the University of Tennessee offered its vacant head coaching job to Cincinnati’s Butch Jones. Today, that offer is coming to fruition. Tennessee has made it official – Butch Jones is the new Vols head coach. He will be introduced at a 2:30 E.T. news conference. In three seasons at Cincinnati, he was twice named Big East Coach of the Year.
GoVolsXtra has posted a timeline of the coaching search. From the firing of Derek Dooley to the hiring of Butch Jones, the process took 19 days.