Butch Jones was a Fraud
Yesterday Barstool Cincinnati tweeted
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— Barstool Cincinnati (@UCBarstool) May 30, 2018
Butch Jones was a turd of a coach at UC and accomplished nothing https://t.co/A8U9nXfsCD
— GoBeercats (@GoBeercats) May 30, 2018
Today we’d like to elaborate.
If you were around for the BK era of Bearcats football you really know what the glory days were like for the program. Conference titles back to back years, the first trip to a BCS bowl game, an undefeated regular season, and a second BCS bowl trip in as many years. We also saw the greatest college football game ever played when UC beat Pitt in 2009. WE WERE 3 INCHES FROM PLAYING FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!
That all came to an abrupt halt when UC decided to try their luck again with a coach out of Central Michigan, Butch Jones.
It’s so much different from today. The program wasn’t going to get excited over a 6-6 record and possibly going to a 3rd rate bowl game.People might look back at his time here and think that he carried on the glory in comparison of the state of things today, but that isn’t true at all. Just because after one turd we had an old dusty white dog turd named Tommy that finished us off does not mean Jones was a good coach. There’s a reason he’s an intern now.
Jones coached in the Big East, you know the one that wouldn’t exist in a few short years. The league was on its last leg and with the success of the prior 3 years UC should have easily ran to the front of the league each season. That didn’t happen not even once.
In 2010 Jones took over a team that went 12-1 the previous season. A team that only lost 1 game to Tim Tebow in his last collegiate game ever. Yes they lost players, Tony Pike got drafted for instance. I get that but posting a 4-8 record, 2-5 in the conference, the very next season was brutal. We were embarrassed by Fresno State on ESPN2 the very first game that year and things never really got better. The highlights of the season would had to have been beating Miami, OH (yay.) and a horrid Louisville team that year. Sad losses to USF, Syracuse, and UConn are all you need to know about this season.
The Big East had UConn represent the league with their auto BCS bowl bid that season. This fact still blows my mind.
Year 2 (2011)was a little better for Butch, but as they say even a blind squirrel finds a nut on occasion. I’ll say this is Butch’s best coaching year on record, at any school. The team went 9-3 that season with losses to Tennessee, West Virginia, and a real clinker to Rutgers (20-3) in NJ. The team capped off a decent season with an appearance at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN and beat Vanderbilt 31-24. We actually finished 25 in the AP poll. (a far cry from #4 just two short years before) Yet, they couldn’t manage to separate themselves from the rest of the league. The Bearcats finished in a three-way tie for first place along with West Virginia and Louisville.
That’s as good as it ever got.
The next season the Butch and the Bearcats started hot, we thought maybe Butch has really figured this thing out. A thrilling go-ahead tochdown pass by Munchie against Virginia Tech to win the game was easily the highlight of the season. The Bearcats were 5-0 heading up to Toledo to win a buy game with what we all perceived as a lesser in state foe. We lost. Then lost the next week in the battle for the Keg of Nails in Louisville and a again a couple of weeks later to Rutgers in Nippert.
The Big East would finish in almost hilarious fashion with a 4-way tie between Cincinnati, Louisville, Syracuse, and Rutgers.
Butch Jones then proceeded to parade himself around like he was the next Vince Lombardi publicly taking interviews at Colorado, Purdue, among others, before Tennessee decide to settle for him as their 3rd pick to take over the program.
He left before we played in the prodigious Belk Bowl against perennial college football powerhouse Duke.
So did he leave the program in better shape than when he arrived? No. No way did he make anything better in Clifton. Fraud. Fake. Intern. Turd.