Jeff Jones is in his fourth season on the Minnesota staff and his second as the Gophers' Director of Player Personnel. He had previously served as an assistant coordinator of recruiting operations for two seasons.
In his current role, Jones oversees the day-to-day operation for the football student-athletes and works closely with the coaching, recruiting, academic and communication staffs.
Prior to joining the Gophers, he was the coordinator of academic support at Southern Illinois. Jones managed all academic support for the athletic department and hosted recruits during official visits for football, women's basketball, softball and track and field. Jones began working in academics with football at Southern Illinois as a graduate assistant in 2007 under coach Jerry Kill.
Jones, who played defensive line, was a member of coach Kill's first recruiting class at Southern Illinois in 2001. Jones, who was a three-time captain at Southern Illinois, redshirted his freshman year when the Salukis went 1-10. He then helped lead Southern Illinois to records of 4-8, 10-2, 10-2 and 9-4, which included three straight conference championships from 2003-05.
Jones, who grew up in Detroit, Mich., attended St. Martin DePorres high school before receiving his bachelor's degree (2006) and master's degree (2008) from Southern Illinois.
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Game 12: Wisconsin at Minnesota
Minnesota hosts Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game can be watched on Big Ten Network and can be heard on KFAN.