The latest reports indicate that Cincinnati football coach Butch Jones has turned down the Colorado coaching job. Using conflicting stories from The Denver Post, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and ESPN, here is how we got to this point:
- On November 25th, Colorado fired coach Jon Embree. The Denver Post reported that numerous sources told it that Butch Jones was the school's primary target immediately following Embree's firing.
- Jones traveled to Colorado on Monday to meet with school officials, according to The Denver Post. The officials allegedly gave a presentation outlining several improvements the university was planning to make, specifically the construction of new athletic facilities.
- Jones had visited Purdue on Sunday to hear about their coaching position before he went to Colorado, but he apparently wasn't interesting in further pursuing that option. He was left to choose between Colorado and Cincinnati.
- On Wednesday, Jones met with Cincinnati AD Whit Babcock. Jones told the Enquirer that the Colorado job wasn't discussed, but mentioned that Cincinnati was working on a new contract for him.
- Yesterday, the Denver Post stated that a source close to the negotiations informed it that Jones had accepted the Colorado position Wednesday afternoon. The newspaper then released a story about Jones accepting the job. ESPN even tweeted the news out.
- Immediately after the Post's report, the Associated Press (and others) reported that it received a text message from Jones saying the report of him accepting the Colorado position was in fact "false".
- Thursday morning, sources close to the situation informed ESPN that Jones had declined Colorado's offer, which was allegedly a five-year deal worth more than $13 million.
- The Enquirer reported that Jones is still in contract talks with Cincinnati. However, the Wisconsin and Tennessee jobs are still out there.
So where do we stand? Butch Jones won't be Colorado's next coach, but it's not yet determined if he'll stay with the Bearcats or keep looking at other options. It's now up to Cincinnati to take the necessary steps to keep its guy. Otherwise, it'll see its third coach in a row leave after his third year: Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame and Mark Dantonio left for Michigan State before him.
As for the Denver Post, this isn't the first time a respected news source has been wrong, and it certainly won't be the last. Just make sure you follow a few other Twitter handles in the future for your Colorado news.