Butch Jones speaks to reporters at a UC press conference on Dec. 4, 2012.
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CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati football coach Butch Jones has reportedly scheduled a meeting with his players Friday morning.

9 News sports director John Popovich expects Jones to hold a brief meeting with his players early Friday morning at an athletic building on UC's campus.

What will be discussed during the meeting has not been formally released but given the happenings of the past week, the discussion will likely focus on Jones' immediate future with the Bearcats.

On Thursday, Jones reportedly turned down a five-year, $13.5 million contract offer to become the head football coach at the University of Colorado. Jones also met with officials from Purdue University to discuss that school's vacant head coaching position.

Despite the fact Jones has turned down the lucrative payday offered to him by the Pac 12-based program in Boulder, Colo., his return to Cincinnati for the 2013 season is anything but guaranteed. After Charlie Strong turned down an offer to become head man at the University of Tennessee in favor of returning to coach Louisville, Jones immediately became the rumored front-runner for the position.

Jones has also been rumored as a candidate to take over the Wisconsin job, which became available when former coach Bret Bielema signed on to coach at Arkansas.

Jones, who led his team to its second straight Big East title, will coach UC in its final game of the season Dec. 27 when the Bearcats square off against Duke at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.

Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for all the latest news on the Butch Jones situation.

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