With the future of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke very much up in the air, speculation around Tennessee coach Butch Jones’ potential candidacy for that possible opening has been high for much of the past couple months.
Jones is a Michigan native and he and several on his staff have ties to the area.
That speculation revved up when 247Sports published a report on Oct. 27 saying that Jones “would have strong interest” in the position if it opened.
But according to a report published Tuesday morning on FootballScoop.com, Michigan reached out to Jones, however, Jones, “will not be a candidate at Michigan,” and the report goes on to say that Michigan is “struggling” to find their next head coach.
“It’s not even worth discussing,” Jones commented when asked about the 247Sports report. “There’s no validity to it. I’m not going to waste your time or my time commenting on that. I think you all know how I feel.”
Jones is 11-13 in his two seasons at Tennessee and just led the Vols to bowl eligibility for the first time since 2010 after Tennessee knocked off Vanderbilt 24-17 to move to 6-6 on the season.