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Jones now under contract for next five seasons at CMU

DETROIT -- Central Michigan coach Butch Jones has agreed to
a two-year contract extension, keeping him under contract for the
next five seasons.

Jones, a former West Virginia assistant, was a candidate for the
Mountaineers' job that opened when Rich Rodriguez left to coach
Michigan. West Virginia assistant Bill Stewart ended up with the
West Virginia job.

"I'm really excited about staying at Central Michigan," Jones
said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "I take
it as a compliment that West Virginia showed interest in me, but at
this time I'm not looking to go anywhere. The administration has
been great with its support, and the future looks bright for
Central Michigan football."

Jones led the Chippewas to the Mid-American Conference
championship in his first year in Mount Pleasant. He took over for
Brian Kelly, who left Central for Cincinnati.

Central Michigan lost to Purdue 51-48 in the Motor City Bowl
Dec. 26.