Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones says four assistant coaches were offered jobs at other BCS programs this off-season and all four decided to stay at Cincinnati.
Jones told ESPN, “You win with continuity. At Central Michigan, we were very fortunate to keep our coaching staff intact. This year was extremely challenging, because we had four staff members be offered other BCS, high-caliber, high-profile jobs. And all four stayed. I think that speaks volumes about how they feel about the direction of our program and our players, loyalty, all that stuff. You look at what our defensive players have gone through, with three defensive coordinators in three years, and I'm just a firm believer you win with continuity. Everyone knows what's expected. That's been a huge benefit this offseason.”
“Everybody is saying they've got to get tougher. Everyone says to win you've got to be able to stop the run and be able to run the football, which is true. We're exactly the same. We've just got to live physicality every day.”
In his second year, Jones is still concentrating of laying the strong foundation, so the program can experience long-term success.
“In today's society, everyone is so results-oriented that a lot of times we don't care how you get results as long as you get them. Now when you don't worry about it is when it's short lived. So we're just making sure we're continuing to build from the ground up.”
One reason Jones is excited about this season is the return of quarterback Zach Collaros.
“In just one year, he (Collaros) can walk into a room, and he can teach the offense. We can go out and practice tomorrow, and he can call the whole offense and the plays, the right protections. He understands the philosophy and what we want.”
The theme of Spring ball is "Be a champion." Jones wants a bunch of individuals working together.
Cincinnati opens the season with five consecutive non-conference game against Austin Peay, at Tennessee, Akron, NC State, and at Miami (OH).