Butch Jones gets his contract extension

Cincinnati coach Butch Jones got his three-year contract extension and raise on Tuesday after the school's board of directors approved the new deal.

The contract now runs through the 2017 season, and gives Jones a $475,000 raise to $1.575 million in 2012. The size of the deal increases up to $2.05 million in 2017. He would also earn a $300,000 retention bonus in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Jones had previously confirmed he agreed to the deal. Having the board vote on it was just the final step.

“I’m very grateful of the support shown from UC President Dr. Gregory Williams, the UC Board of Trustees and director of athletics Whit Babcock,” Jones said in a statement. “This a commitment to our staff and to the football program as a whole. It’s another illustration of the tremendous support our administration as we continue to work on a daily basis to build a college football program of national relevance.”

Jones won Big East coach of the year honors after guiding the Bearcats to a share of the Big East title and a 10-win season. He will be entering his third season with Cincinnati.