University of Cincinnati alumni who now call Knoxville home say the news of Butch Jones leaving their alma mater is "bittersweet."
"(Coach) Jones has done a great job bringing football to Cincinnati up to see some prominence. I'm sad to see him go," said 2002 Cincy M.B.A. graduate Greg Muldrew.
He said Friday that it was expected that one day the coach, who has shown recent success in the Big East, could potentially leave.
"I'm a little torn. Cincinnati is not a football school. When I was there, it was the Bob Huggins era of basketball," he added.
Cincy alumni are not the only ones talking about the move.
"(Jones) called them 'student athletes' so it's a good mix of athletics and sports... and that's a good value for us," said Central Michigan aluma Ginny McLain-Tate. Jones was the head coach of the Chippawas from 2007 to 2009.
She pointed out the connections the Mount Pleasant, MI school had with Tennessee, specifically with Roy Kramer.
"When i was at Central, (Kramer) was at Central. Then when I went to UT, he came to the state and later became the SEC commissioner. So I always thought there was a special tie -- a special bond there," she said.
With endorsements from graduates of other schools, both McLain-Tate and Muldrew expect great things coming from the new generation of the Volunteers.
"Butch Jones is going to do a good job; he's been successful every where's he's been," Muldrew said.