Cincinnati Profile Central Michigan Profile Born: January 17th, 1968 Saugatuck, MI Alma Mater: Ferris State 1989 COACHING EXPERIENCE Year School, Position 1987-89 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, intern 1990-92 Rutgers, graduate assistant 1993-94 Wilkes University, offensive coordinator 1995 Ferris State, running backs 1996-97 Ferris State, offensive coordinator 1998 Central Michigan, tight ends 1999 Central Michigan, wide receivers 2000 Central Michigan, running backs 2001-03 Central Michigan, offensive coordinator 2004 Central Michigan, running backs 2005-06 West Virginia, wide receivers 2007-09 Central Michigan, head coach 2010-present Cincinnati, head coach CHAMPIONSHIPS Year School, Championship 2011 Cincinnati, BIG EAST Conference 2009 Central Michigan, Mid-American Conference 2007 Central Michigan, Mid-American Conference 2005 BIG EAST Conference CAREER RECORD Year School Title Record 2007 Central Michigan Head Coach 8-6 2008 Central Michigan Head Coach 8-5 2009 Central Michigan Head Coach 11-2 2010 Cincinnati Head Coach 4-8 2011 Cincinnati Head Coach 10-3 CAREER TOTALS 41-24 Bio Central Michigan Jones returned to Central Michigan as head coach in 2007. In his first year he posted an 8–5 overall record and a 7–1 conference record. Jones ended two streaks that had haunted his predecessors. On September 29, 2007, CMU beat Northern Illinois University, which was the first CMU victory over Northern Illinois going back to 1998 (nine games). On November 6, 2007, CMU beat its chief rival, Western Michigan University, at its home field of Waldo Stadium for the first since 1993. He guided CMU to the MAC title at Ford Field in Detroit against Miami (Ohio), and led the team to its second consecutive Motor City Bowl. He was only the ninth football coach in Mid-American Conference history to win the championship in his first season. In 2008, a 31–24 loss to Ball State on Nov. 19 derailed the Chippewas' MAC title hopes, but CMU earned a trip to a third consecutive Motor City Bowl. In 2009 he guided the Chippewas to their third MAC Championship in four years after an 8–0 MAC schedule, the first time in school history the Chippewas went undefeated in the MAC. CMU completed its run with a 20–10 win against Ohio in the MAC title game at Ford Field. He left CMU with a 27–13 overall record and 20–3 MAC record. He did not win a bowl game, though his team won the 2009 bowl game against Troy, 44–41. Cincinnati On December 16, 2009, Jones was named head coach at the University of Cincinnati. He replaced Brian Kelly, who left to become head coach at Notre Dame. Jones had previously replaced Kelly at Central Michigan. Jones has led the Bearcats to records of 4-8 in 2010 and 10-3 in 2011, including a Big East championship, a Liberty Bowl victory (31-24 over Vanderbilt), and he was named Big East Coach of the Year. Also in 2011, Cincinnati was the only program to win both its conference championship as well as the league's team academic award.