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Tuesday’s D-Day for Butch Jones

Butch Jones

Based on the initial returns, today will determine whether Colorado or Purdue will end their search for a head coach.  And whether Cincinnati will commence one of their own.

Reportedly.

Butch Jones, currently the head coach at Cincinnati, has interviewed for vacancies at Colorado and Purdue the past two days.  In the midst of a tug-o’-bidding-war between the latter two schools, the Bearcats are looking to up the financial ante in a revamped contract in an attempt to retain the third-year coach.

All of the tugging and speculating as it pertains to Jones could end shortly as the Lafayette Journal & Courier is reporting that a decision, in whatever future employment direction, is expected to come no later than Tuesday.

Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports that Jones, who spent Monday in Boulder discussing the Buffs position, was offered the job during the day-long visit.  It’s believed the offer is in the neighborhood of $2.5 million, along with a financial commitment from the university to upgrade facilities.

After initial speculation that Jones had cancelled his trip back home, the coach did return to Cincinnati to mull his future.  Jones’ agent subsequently confirmed a decision is indeed forthcoming.

“I’ve done plenty of these (hirings and contracts), and it will be decided by Tuesday,” the agent, Trace Armstrong, told the Denver Post. “This won’t drag on.”

While the Boilermakers remain in the mix for Jones, they also have at least one coaching contingency plan.  The Journal & Courier reports that athletic director Morgan Burke flew to Ohio Monday to interview Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell.

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3 Responses to “Tuesday’s D-Day for Butch Jones”
  1. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 4, 2012 10:55 AM

    Sounds like he has a big decision to make. Recruiting in Colorado should be easier now that they can all smoke weed though.

  2. cwood02 says: Dec 4, 2012 12:53 PM

    He would be a fool if he takes the Colorado job. The school has been saying it will upgrade for years and said that to the last three coaches but nothing. And there is NO talent and what is there does not fit his system. If he truly wants a better job that would be Purdue.

  3. raiderufan says: Dec 4, 2012 1:16 PM

    Ok, if you take away Big Ten and Pac 12 from the 2 schools he’s rumored to be talking to and just look at them side by side…I don’t see how leaving Cincy is even an option? The last guy to leave cincy parlayed that into the Notre Dame job and is playing for a national title. This guy gets Colorado or Purdue? Nothing against those schools but in the recent future staying at Cincy and seeing what next year holds seems much more lucrative than taking either of those jobs.

    Dan Hawkins was in a very similar situation…how exactly was Colorado a better choice than Boise other than more money? Money that will be there next year and most likely more of it if he proves again he’s the coach he thinks he is.

    If Auburn was calling I’d say run but I think he should stay.

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