AP source: Jones emerges as Cincy’s top choice


CINCINNATI (AP) — A person familiar with Cincinnati’s coaching search tells The Associated Press that Central Michigan’s Butch Jones has emerged as the school’s choice to replace Brian Kelly.

The Morning Sun in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., reported on Tuesday night that Jones had begun negotiating a contract with Cincinnati. A person familiar with Cincinnati’s search, speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal was complete, confirmed Jones was the top option.

Kelly accepted Notre Dame’s coaching job last Thursday. He came to Cincinnati from Central Michigan three years ago, and was succeeded by Jones, who continued the Chippewas’ success.