Arkansas State hires Butch Jones as head football coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Arkansas State Red Wolves has hired Butch Jones as their new head football coach. Jones replaces Blake Anderson, who spent seven seasons leading the program.

Anderson departed the Red Wolves program to become the new Utah State head football coach. He replaces Gary Anderson, who was fired in October.

Former Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones waits to lead his team onto the field prior to their game against the Indiana State Sycamores
Butch Jones waits to lead his team onto the field prior to their game against the Indiana State Sycamores (Getty Images)

“Butch Jones’ outstanding record of success at both the G5 and P5 levels is evident, and we’re excited to having him leading our football program into the future,” Arkansas State Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Terry Mohajir said.  “He is the only coach over the last 12 years to lead Tennessee to back-to-back nine win seasons, and he led Cincinnati and Central Michigan to four conference championships over a six-year period.  Butch has also worked with one of the most-well-respected coaches in history in Nick Saban the last three years at Alabama.  Our candidate pool was fantastic, but following extensive and positive conversations with Butch, while also looking at his winning history, coaching and leadership abilities and vision for our program, we became confident he was the clear choice to be our next head coach.”

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Jones spent the last three seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide. In 2018 and 2019, he was the team’s offensive analyst.

Before this season, he was named the special assistant to head coach Nick Saban for the 2020 season.

The 52-year-old gets his fourth head coaching opportunity. He was previously the Central Michigan, Cincinnati, and Tennessee head coach from 2007 through 2017.

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As a head coach, he is 84-54. In addition, he’s 4-2 in Bowl games.

“It is truly an honor and privilege to be the head football coach at Arkansas State University,” said Jones.  “It is a position that I take great pride in, and I look forward to connecting with our student-athletes to build upon the strong tradition of excellence both on and off the field of play.  I am extremely grateful to Terry Mohajir, Dr. (Kelly) Damphousse and Dr. (Chuck) Welch for trusting me to be the caretaker of Arkansas State football.”

Jones also worked at West Virginia, Ferris State, Wilkes, Rutgers, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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