Kentucky football coaching search: Butch Jones talking with Wildcats

Andy Lyons

Reports indicate Butch Jones is in talks with the University of Kentucky to replace Joker Phillips as the head coach of the Wildcats.

Butch Jones is considering an offer to become the next coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, as Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal reports that discussions between the current coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats and the school are ongoing.

Jones has been in charge for a 7-3 season and had the Bearcats in line for a share of a second-consecutive Big East Championship after starting the year 5-0. Tucker reports that the job has been offered to Jones, but he has not accepted or declined the offer yet. Both teams still have work to do this season, with Jones' Cincinnati squad still having two games and a potential bowl, while Joker Phillips remains in charge for one more game at Kentucky.

The 44-year-old Jones is 48-27 between Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He would be the third-consecutive coach to leave Cincinnati after a successful season but before a bowl: In 2004, Mark Dantonio left for Michigan State after a 7-5 season but before the team's International Bowl, which was eventually coached by Brian Kelly. Kelly later left Cincinnati after a 12-0 regular season in 2009, allowing Jones to take the Bearcats' job.

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