Bye, Butch! What fired Tennessee football coach Butch Jones pocketed for Knoxville mansion

Brenna McDermott
Knoxville News Sentinel

Butch Jones wrapped up his time in Knoxville with a rare win.

He's the second fired Tennessee football coach to benefit from Knoxville's hot real estate market this year.

After 10 months on the market, Jones sold his residence at 1945 Oakleigh Way, though he didn't get what he wanted for it. 

Jeremy Pruitt, who was fired for cause Jan. 18, also sold his Knoxville mansion this year. His former house is next door to Jones'.

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Jones' stone-and-brick home, fitting for the guy who proclaimed he would rebuild Tennessee's football program "brick by brick," sold for $3.35 million in early May, county property records show. 

Butch Jones plays pool with his sons Alex, Adam, and Andrew as Barb looks on Thursday Dec. 22, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Jones wanted $3.795 million when he listed it in July 2020.

Now the head coach at Arkansas State University, Jones purchased the West Knoxville home via a trust for $3.212 million in March 2013. He was hired in December 2012.

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Even though Jones didn't get his original asking price, he got more for his house than Pruitt did. 

Pruitt, who owned 1917 Oakleigh Way, seemed motivated to get out of Dodge after he was fired. 

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Pruitt sold the five-bed, nine-bath home in March in a $2.94 million cash deal, although well under his original $3.399 million asking price.

Pruitt's home was on the market just over a month before the deal closed.

Butch Jones had quite the closet

Jones' six-bed, nine-bath home is located in the gated Oakleigh community and was built in 2008 by Schmid & Rhodes, according to the Zillow description.

"A little bit of football may have been spoken in this home," the listing said, hinting at its owner. 

One living area photo shows nine framed photos on the walls depicting Jones' memorable moments as head coach of the Vols. 

The property features an impressive outdoor area with a screened-in porch, pool, spa, pavilion with bar, gas fire pit and outdoor stone fireplace. 

Butch Jones watches over his sons Andrew, left, and Alex play a video game at home with his wife Barb also looking.
Thursday Dec. 22, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Inside, there's a wine cellar, card room, media room, sauna, pingpong area and six bedrooms with private baths. 

The listing also touts a new "his" closet in the master suite featuring stained built-in shelves and an island with drawers for ties and shirts.

Jones went 34-27 as Tennessee's coach before he was fired in November 2017 with two games left in the season. He had back-to-back nine-win seasons before winning just four games in 2017, when the Vols finished last in the SEC East.

Jones worked as an analyst at Alabama starting in 2018 after he was dismissed at Tennessee. He was promoted to special assistant to head coach Nick Saban in February 2020. He was named the head coach at Arkansas State University in December 2020. 

Jones received monthly severance from Tennessee from his firing through February. 

Business reporter Brenna McDermott can be reached at brenna.mcdermott@knoxnews.com. Follow along with her work on Twitter @_BrennaMcD. Support our local news efforts by becoming a Knox News subscriber