Cincinnati HC Butch Jones Deal with Colorado Reportedly Falls Apart

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 5, 2012

EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 1: Head coach Butch Jones of the Cincinnati Bearcats watches his team play against the Connecticut Huskies during the game at Rentschler Field on December 1, 2012 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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It was originally believed that Butch Jones was going to leave Cincinnati for Colorado.

UPDATE: Thursday, December 6 at 11:02 a.m. ET

It now appears that Butch Jones will not leave Cincinnati for Colorado.

Mile High Sports' Reed Marks has the latest:

Deal w/ Butch Jones has fallen apart and will no longer happen. @allbuffs @milehighsports

— Reed Marks (@reedmarks) December 6, 2012

Football Scoop's Staff went on to support the report:

Sources: We will hear shortly Colorado & Butch Jones is now off the table. Both sides wishing each other the best

— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 6, 2012

Finally, ESPN's Joe Schad shortly after reported that Jones declined Colorado's offer.

Butch Jones has declined an offer from Colorado, a source close to the coach said

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 6, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 8:52 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, a decision regarding Butch Jones and Colorado should come on Thursday:

I've been told to expect a decision on Butch Jones and Colorado sometime tomorrow. Could go either way.

— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) December 6, 2012


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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:50 p.m. ET

Butch Jones has denied that he took the job at Colorado, according to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.

Thamel tweeted on Wednesday:

Just reached out to Butch Jones, who said any report of him taking the Colorado job is "absolutely false."

— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) December 5, 2012


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Butch Jones has agreed to a deal with Colorado, according to the Denver Post.

During the regular season, Jones led Cincinnati to a 9-3 record. This was after the 44-year-old led the Bearcats to a 10-3 record and a Liberty Bowl victory last season.

Jones received offers from Colorado and Purdue, with Colorado reportedly being the front-runner (via the Indianapolis Star), but he also was torn about the decision, given he enjoyed coaching at Cincinnati.

But in the end, Jones decided to take on the task of rebuilding arguably college football's worst team this season.

Colorado missed a bowl season by a long shot this year, going 1-11 while ranking 99th in passing yards per game, 112th in rushing yards per game, 120th in points per game and 124th in points allowed per game.

The Buffaloes lost by 48 points to Stanford, 56 points to Oregon and 55 points to Fresno State during the course of the season. Their sole win was a 35-34 victory over Washington State on Sept. 22.

Cincinnati is sure to miss Jones after winning its first bowl game since 2007 with him in charge last season. The Belk Bowl appearance this year was Cincinnati's second bowl appearance in Jones' three years with the team.

Colorado is hoping the hire will reinvigorate a football team that hasn't been to a bowl game since 2007 and hasn't won a bowl game since 2004.

The Buffaloes could use some help in the recruiting department, as well. They have landed only one 4-star commit in dual-threat quarterback Sefo Liufau, according to ESPN.


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