Arkansas State introduces Butch Jones as new head football coach



JONESBORO, Ark- JONESBORO, Ark The Butch Jonesboro era at A-State is officially here.


In a press conference today on campus, Jones is introduced as the 31st Red Wolves head football coach.


He says he’s excited and ready to get to work.


“I am deeply humbled and honored to be your football coach. In recruiting, we always talk about people make a place,” says Jones. “Well, this has never been more evident at Arkansas State University and in the great city of Jonesboro.”


Jones takes over just days after former coach Blake Anderson left for Utah State.


He comes to A-State from the University of Alabama, where he was a special assistant to head football coach Nick Saban.


Jones previously served as the head football coach at the University of Tennessee and University of Cincinnati.


A-State Vice- Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Terry Mohajir says jones was their perfect candidate.


“He’s been a head football coach in the FBS for eleven years. He’s won four conference championships at two different schools, eight bowl games, eight AP top twenty-five, five times,” says Mohajir. “That’s the type of person we needed at this particular time.”


Jones praised the Arkansas State leadership team, including Mohajir, Chancellor Kelly.


Damphousse and A-State System President Chuck Welch.


He also spoke highly of the athletic facilities on campus.


Jones’ five-year contract will be worth $825,000, not including incentives.


His contract could also extend it an additional year based on wins.


Jones says he’s excited to bring his knowledge from Alabama to A-State.


“You know you’re constantly learning from the best. The countless times just him and I behind closed doors just in the office discussing things. Not only coach Saban, but that entire coaching staff. It was almost like a clinic every day. I’m very grateful for that time, and I know it’s made me much better,” says Jones.

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