The cards are all on the table as the Colorado Buffaloes near their hire for their next football coach. And things are looking good for the Buffaloes to land top target Butch Jones as their next head coach.
A source told Mile High Sports’ Eric Goodman that Jones’ visit to Colorado on Monday went well and the Buffaloes are in a “great” position to land the 44-year-old Jones, who went 9-3 in his third season as Cincinnati’s head coach in 2012. After the day-long visit on Monday, CU now appears to be the front-runners for the former Central Michigan coach’s services.
Tuesday is almost certain to be the day that CU and Cincinnati will find out whether or not Jones accepts CU’s offer. Jones has a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday in Cincinnati to discuss the Bearcats’ upcoming bowl game later on this month, but also during the session Jones could reveal whether or not he’ll be Boulder-bound. Also, Jones’ agent told the Denver Post‘s Woody Paige on Sunday that Jones would decide by Tuesday.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports, along with Goodman, that CU has offered its vacant head coaching position to Jones, who toured Boulder and met with CU athletic director Mike Bohn and chancellor Phil DiStefano on Monday. The Denver Post has reported Jones’ offer to be in the neighborhood of five years and $13.5 million – significantly more than the $1.6 million that he is scheduled to make at Cincinnati next year.
Jones reportedly flew back to Cincinnati around 8 p.m. MT after a day of schmoozing in Boulder, including a tour of the Dal Ward athletic center, Folsom Field and the CU campus. Jones’ wife Barb toured Boulder with the wives of Bohn and DiStefano, per the Daily Camera.
Jones interviewed with Purdue on Sunday, but a source tells Goodman that Purdue is out of the running for him.
Mile High Sports will have the latest on CU’s coaching search as it develops.