University of Cincinnati coach Butch Jones withdraws name from CU coach consideration

CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati's football coach Butch Jones pulled his name from consideration as the coach at University of Colorado, which may mean promising things for his future at the University of Cincinnati.

An administrator with UC said Thursday that Jones withdrew his name from consideration as head football coach at the University of Colorado's program, but that Jones has not yet released any statement about if this means he will stay with UC.

Over the past week, Jones has battled reports that he spoke with officials from Purdue University and University of Colorado about coaching jobs. Jones has denied reports he accepted any offers and on Thursday he put some of the rumors to rest when he withdrew his name at CU.

Jones' demeanor, or at least as much as is possible to determine via text, was becoming a bit weary.

He matter-of-factly declared via a text message to 9 News' Denny Janson at 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, that despite reports he had accepted the coaching job at the University of Colorado, " I Have not spoken to anyone today!" It became clear Jones wasn't going to be hounded into a decision, one way or the other.

By the time he was asked at 10:23 p.m. Wednesday night to verify details of a story Janson had assembled addressing issues that had dogged him at UC, Jones asked for some breathing room, again via text: " Please wait. Strongly considering staying."

That led to another exchange Thursday morning at 8:37 a.m. when Janson asked whether the story was good to go: " Wait, Think I am staying. After that, going to get a drink."

All this against a backdrop of a wife, family and indeed the coach himself, who are happy here, even as the University of Colorado apparently kept sweetening the pot.

Jones was reportedly offered a five-year contract worth $13.5 million Monday during almost nine hours of meetings in Boulder with Colorado officials, including Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn, CU president Bruce Benson and school chancellor Phil DiStefano.

Jones was slated to make $1.6 million in 2013 at UC, but administrators reportedly said they were willing to rework his contract again this year to keep Jones.

This season, Jones led Cincinnati to a share of the Big East Conference championship for the second year in a row. The Bearcats will face Duke (6-6) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27 in Charlotte, N.C.

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