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08:26 AM ET 12.07 | With Charlie Strong off the board, Tennessee AD Dave Hart has reset his coaching search on the fly. [After Strong] turned down the Vols' lucrative offer, Hart appears to have moved quickly to his backup plan. Cincinnati coach Butch Jones is Tennessee's top target, according to a report late Thursday by News Sentinel partner GoVols247. If Hart offers the job, Jones could be introduced as the Vols' new coach [Friday]. The Cincinnati Enquirer said that neither Jones nor athletic director Whit Babcock returned calls for comment all day Thursday. Jones' agent, Trace Armstrong, told the News Sentinel he could not comment on the reports. The Enquirer reported that the Bearcats called a 7:30 a.m. team meeting for [Friday].

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December 7, 2012  08:34 AM ET

UC made it official this morning , Butch Jones is heading to Tenn.

Me to on Dec.26th.....my winter home till next August.

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December 7, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Is he any good? Honestly I didn't watch cincy once this year.

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December 7, 2012  09:05 AM ET

When they hired DD it was a "bless their heart" kind of moment (for those of you non-southerners, the yankee equivalent would be "poor fu<kin schmuck")

I was hoping for another hire like that

December 7, 2012  09:12 AM ET

I'd like to see the Vols get better with this hire. Butch isn't a "splashy" name like Strong or Peterson or even Kirby Smart. I guess time will tell.

VFH and Volunatic: What do the creamsicle faithful say?

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December 7, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Someone eventually had to say yes.

December 7, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

When they hired DD it was a "bless their heart" kind of moment (for those of you non-southerners, the yankee equivalent would be "poor fu<kin schmuck") I was hoping for another hire like that

ROFLMAO!

Very excellent translation work, sir. You should work for the state dept.

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December 7, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

When they hired DD it was a "bless their heart" kind of moment (for those of you non-southerners, the yankee equivalent would be "poor fu<kin schmuck") I was hoping for another hire like that

That's good right there. Most accurate translation ever.

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December 7, 2012  11:09 AM ET

What do VFH and TinMan think of this hire?

December 7, 2012  11:26 AM ET

And a few years Jones will be doing the same thing Kelly is doing at ND......he will be playing for a NC at Tenn.

December 7, 2012  11:28 AM ET
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Butch Jones is not a good football coach and this is a dumb hire by Tennessee. Cincy isn't sorry to see Butch leave either. Way overrated. Dumb Move hillbillies.

Us Hillbillys are some of the smartest people on earth, not like you city-boy.

December 7, 2012  11:34 AM ET
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And along came Jones. Slow walking, slow talking, Jones.

Along came long, lean, lanky Jones.

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December 7, 2012  02:00 PM ET

In ~1/2 hour, we'll know.

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