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Colorado reportedly prepared to go head-to-head with Purdue for Butch Jones

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Butch Jones was on Purdue’s campus over the weekend interviewing for the job left open after the university fired Danny Hope late last month. Now, it appears that Colorado, the other school reportedly interested in Jones’ services, is willing to take another step to try to lure the coach from Cincinnati.

Woody Paige of the Denver Post reports that Buffs athletic director Mike Bohn and CU president Bruce Benson are prepared to offer Jones a five-year contract worth more than $13.5 million. For what it’s worth, Jones is scheduled to make $1.6 million at UC in 2013, with a gradual salary increase to $2.05 million in 2017. The university is reportedly trying to renegotiate Jones’ contract, although that hasn’t been confirmed.

But money may not be the only factor involved if Jones decides to take the reported offer. Paige reports that CU will commit to upgrading both the football stadium and its athletic facilities. That’s an area lacking at both Cincinnati and Colorado.

Cincinnati’s had a hard time keeping great hires in recent years because of the lure of bigger jobs. On the surface, Colorado isn’t a bigger, better job than Cincinnati. But if the Buffs are serious about making strides with their football program, they may get a serious look from Jones.

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15 Responses to “Colorado reportedly prepared to go head-to-head with Purdue for Butch Jones”
  1. indywvu says: Dec 3, 2012 12:44 PM

    It sure sounds like that Colorado situation is a dumpster fire. I hope Jones would take the Purdue job (if those are the only two options).

  2. okieviacal says: Dec 3, 2012 1:40 PM

    Both jobs seem like lateral moves at best.

  3. thegamecocker says: Dec 3, 2012 1:57 PM

    Colorado has a NC in their resume. They are just waiting for the right leader to take the helm. Beautiful campus, nice stadium, clean living, member of PAC 12, good restaurants, solid academics, good facilities……Tom O’brien would do well at this school. Mike Leach would have done well here too but he’s already situated at Wazzou.

  4. rycoem says: Dec 3, 2012 1:59 PM

    Lateral move? Seriously? The Pac-12 or Big Ten versu a screwed up Big East?

    CO is offering him big money and program commitments. If he is confident in his abilities to coach and recruit, it is a 2-year rebuilding project ahead of him.

    Pac-12 is a no-brainer…

  5. fnc111 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:07 PM

    Agreed. It’s all about lifestyle and his confidence in recruiting out there. Colorado is a big time opportunity especially with facility upgrades. Purdue and Cinci blaaaa, you can win in Boulder with the right coach. The PAC12 will be rivaling the SEC soon.

  6. jimbo75025 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:28 PM

    fnc111 says:
    Dec 3, 2012 2:07 PM
    The PAC12 will be rivaling the SEC soon.

    Sorry, but got a good chuckle out of that. Would this be before or after the NCAA drops the hammer on Oregon? Before or after Lane Kiffin (or as I call him Mack Brown Jr) coaches a few more teams with all of the talent in the world who underachieve?

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:28 PM

    Both jobs are high risk opportunities for Jones. I really doubt that either will be in a BCS bowl within the amount of time a new coach is usually allowed to turn a team around. He has done a good job in Cincy and wish him luck (he will need it regardless of which school he picks).

  8. soundsofsuccess7 says: Dec 3, 2012 4:13 PM

    Colorado would be the no brainer choice for me.

    location, tradition, and commitment to giving the coach what he beeds..

  9. MasMacho says: Dec 3, 2012 4:30 PM

    Tough choice:

    “I want to be the doormat of the _____ conference.”

    At least at Purdue you’d get to attend some decent basketball games from time to time.

  10. thegamecocker says: Dec 3, 2012 4:39 PM


    I think it’s about keeping your job as opposed to attending Big Ten Basketball. Tough to recruit to Purdue. Colorado is easier on the eyes, solid facilities, skiing, good restaurants, great education, good looking women, play in PAC 12, Ralphie, etc. Purdue’s mascot is some giant cowboy looking dude who frightens the hell out of me! Great school though! Remember Leroy Keys? I think he played both offense and defense. One of my favorite college players. Wonder what he is doing these days?

  11. sparty0n says: Dec 3, 2012 8:06 PM

    I dont think CU is such a great place, even with a facility upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, Colorado is great! But the CU program needs FAR too much work. Even with the big money and a long contract it’s going to take far to long to pull the progam out of the sinkhole its been in for a number of years.

    In the mean time, his resume goes in the toilet. He could spend 4-5 years rebuilding, they let him go, and he’s left with a .500 coaching record, even if he leaves em better off than when he arrived!

    I just dont see it as a good move.

  12. vincentbojackson says: Dec 3, 2012 9:48 PM

    How is Colorado not a better job than Cincinnati?

    PAC 12 or a crumbling Big East?
    $4 million per year or $2 million per year?

    Not to mention a commitment to facilities and increased marketability and apparel company kick backs as a result of playing in a more prolific conference.

    Colorado is the no brainier, and I live in Cincinnati!

  13. rycoem says: Dec 3, 2012 10:39 PM

    Latest update per the Denver Post

  14. indywvu says: Dec 4, 2012 12:50 PM

    Indianapolis Star has a “source” that says he’s NOT going to Purdue. If he takes the CU job…wow…

  15. MasMacho says: Dec 4, 2012 2:22 PM

    Every time I hear about someone talking about Colorado & Pac 12 I laugh a little bit. Colorado has done NOTHING to prove it belongs. Since the 70-3 beating at the hands of Texas in the B12 title game a few years back, there is little to cheer about for the buffs.

    And let’s face it, if you’re down to comparing restaurants to figure out who has the better recruiting pitch between Purdue and CU, the game is already lost.

    Either way (UC, CU or PU) you’re looking at a bottom-half team in conference play.

    I suppose if you prefer to Ski over watching basketball games in the winter, then perhaps CU is a good choice.

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