Jones takes the job a day after sources said he declined an offer to become the new coach at Colorado. A six-year contract was finalized early Friday, sources told ESPN.
Cincinnati said Jones had resigned his position with the Bearcats effective immediately.
At Tennessee, the 44-year-old Jones will succeed Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three years. Dooley posted a losing record in each of his three seasons at Tennessee, the first time since 1909-11 the Volunteers have finished below .500 three straight years.
Friday's news caps a whirlwind week for Jones.
The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Jones had accepted a five-year, $13.5 million offer from Colorado before Jones denied the report.
High School Basketball
Boys: Webster County defeated Fort Campbell 61-46, Caldwell County squeezed by Hopkins Central 52-48, Henderson County over Muhlenberg County 82-65, Community Christian defeated Livingston Central 45-38.
Girls: Ohio County defeated Warren Central 48-41, Bowling Green over Russell County 75-63, Muhlenberg County over McLean County 57-54, Livingston Central defeated Community Christian 60-48, Webster County over Graves County 63-48.
Girls: University Heights hosts Hopkinsville in an early season 8th district matchup at Blazer Gym. UHA leads the district with a 1-0 mark, while it’s the first district game of the season for Hoptown. Tipoff at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games have Christian County at Paducah Tilghman, Fort Campbell hosts Clarksville Northwest, Trigg County hosts Livingston Central, Todd Central at Russellville, Logan County hosts Franklin Simpson, Caldwell County welcomes Hopkins Central, Dawson Springs hosts Warren East, Crittenden County entertains Lyon County, Henderson County hosts Union County, Muhlenberg County hosts Greenwood, Warren Central meets Glasgow, Mayfield at Fulton County.
Boys: Christian County at Paducah Tilghman, Fort Campbell hosts Clarksville Northwest, Trigg County entertains Livingston Central, Logan County hosts Franklin Simpson, Russellville entertains Todd Central, Madisonville meets Marshall County and Hopkins Central plays Mayfield in the Messenger Tip off Classic, Crittenden County meets Lyon County, Union County welcomes Ballard Memorial, Murray hosts Heath, Calloway County hosts Fulton City.
Vanderbilt had to go to overtime to defeat Xavier 66-64. The Commodores got 25 points from Kyle Fuller, including all 12 in the overtime period to get the win. Vanderbilt is now 3-4 on the season.
Women’s scores: Western Kentucky rolled over Morehead State 62-38 and Murray State trounced Mid Continent 110-28 for its 6th straight win. Former Hopkinsville Lady Tiger Christy Soldo had 2 points in four minutes playing time.
Tonight’s action includes former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan playing at Marist.
Former UK All American and current radio analyst Mike Pratt was the featured speaker of the Christian County UK alumni club’s annual bar-b-q dinner last night. Pratt says this group of freshman Wildcats will continue to go through some growing pains, but will make strides before season’s end.
Kentucky returns to action tomorrow taking on Portland in Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
The University of Kentucky officially announced Thursday DJ Eliot as Mark Stoops defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Eliot comes to Lexington from Florida State where he worked under Stoops.
The plot is thickening on who will be Tennessee’s next coach after the Vols were rejected by Louisville’s Charlie Strong on Thursday. Cincinnati’s Butch Jones, who spurned Colorado earlier this week, is the new front runner to lead the charges in Knoxville.
Louisville announced a new contract extension for Charlie Strong after his announcement Thursday that he would remain as Cardinals coach. Athletics director Tom Jurich said at a news conference although a final deal was not in place, he hoped he could extend Strong’s contract through 2020 at a salary equal to a coach at a top 10 school.
College Football: Charlie Strong’s right time to decide on his future came this morning and he said he was staying as coach at the University of Louisville.
Strong said declining the offer to become head coach at the University of Tennessee was the toughest decision he has made in his 29 years of coaching. In three seasons, Strong is 24-14 as U of L coach, leading the Cards to a 10-2 record this season, a share of the Big East title and a berth in the Sugar Bowl against Florida January 2nd in New Orleans.
Mark Stoops is continuing to assemble his new staff at Kentucky, with the Lexington Herald Leader reporting that three schools, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Arkansas State expressing interest in current Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown for their head coaching vacancies.
Brown, a former UK receiver, met this week with Stoops about becoming UK’s offensive coordinator. Sources say Brown remains very interested in coming to Lexington, but there are some sticking points to still be worked out.
Meanwhile, an announcement could come today officially from UK that Florida State assistant DJ Eliot will become the new defensive coordinator.
Arkansas State has named an interim coach for its appearance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Defensive coordinator John Thompson will coach against Kent State next month. Gus Malzahn, who had been ASU’s coach, resigned earlier this week to take the head coaching vacancy at Auburn. Arkansas State won this season’s Sun Belt Conference championship.
College Basketball: Top 25 games tonight have 4th ranked Syracuse meeting Long Beach State, 12th rated Cincinnati goes against Arkansas Little Rock, 13th ranked Creighton meets Nebraska and 19th ranked San Diego State hosts UC Santa Barbara.
NFL: Led by the resurgent Peyton Manning, the AFC-West champion Denver Broncos look for their eight consecutive victory as they meet the Oakland Raiders this evening. Coverage of the game begins at 7 on News/Talk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP.
Charlie Strong will remain as the football coach at the University of Louisville. Strong made the announcement this morning in a news conference. Strong had been deciding whether to accept an offer from Tennessee worth at least $3.5 million annually, sources said, but Strong turned down the Vols and will return to UL.
Louisville was working on extending Strong's five-year deal, worth about $2.3 million a year, sources said. Louisville has not yet announced an extension agreement with Strong.
Ever since Strong's name has been linked to other openings, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said multiple times he would do whatever was necessary to keep Strong.
In three seasons at Louisville, Strong is 24-14. This year, he led the Cardinals to a 10-2 record, a share of the Big East title and a berth in the AllState Sugar Bowl against Florida.
High School Basketball
Hopkinsville defeated Henderson County 76-70 Wednesday night in Tiger Gym. The Tigers built up a 12 point halftime lead and held on to get its second win of the season. Four Tigers were in double figures led by Tra Edwards with 17 points, followed by Jamonte Davis with 14. Henderson County was led by David Simmons 19 points in falling to 3-1 on the season.
Boys: Caldwell County hosts Hopkins Central, Henderson County at Muhlenberg County, Livingston Central welcomes Community Christian.
Girls: Warren Central hosts Ohio County, Livingston Central entertains Community Christian, Muhlenberg County at McLean County, Graves County at Webster County, Bowling Green hosts Russell County.
Christian County Lady Colonel senior softball standout Maggie Glass signed a letter of intent recently to play collegiately for Murray State. Glass tells what led her to Murray State:
Glass has been a member of the Lady Colonels squad since 8th grade. She will join former teammate Casey Castille in Murray. Castille was named the Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year last year.
Wednesday’s scores: Western Kentucky held off Southern Illinois 58-57. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by TJ Price’s 17 points in improving to 7-2 on the season. WKU returns to action Saturday afternoon hosting IUPUI.
Austin Peay defeated Oakland College 88-63. The Governors were led in scoring by Chris Horton’s 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Travis Betran added 18 for the 4-4 Governors who play at Memphis Saturday.
Tennessee fell to Virginia 46-38. Trae Golden led the Vols with 11 points. Tennessee is now 4-3 on the season.
Tonight’s games: Women’s action has Western Kentucky at Morehead State and Murray State hosts Mid Continent.
College Football: Louisville coach Charlie Strong will hold a press conference this morning to announce whether he will remain as Cardinals coach. Media reports have been swirling over the last couple of days whether he will stay or accept the head coaching position at the University of Tennessee.
Sports Illustrated is reporting on its website that Strong has turned down the Tennessee job and is working towards a contract extension in Louisville.
Multiple media outlets are reporting Kentucky has hired DJ Eliot as its new defensive coordinator. He comes from Florida State where he worked under new head coach Mark Stoops. However, a UK spokesman says the announcement will not be made official until sometime today.