Butch Jones says he hasn’t been hired by Colorado
Butch Jones denied he has agreed to become Colorado’s football
In a text message to The Associated Press on Wednesday night,
Jones called a report that he has accepted the position
The University of Cincinnati coach has been weighing his options
since meeting with athletic director Mike Bohn and other Colorado
officials this week.
Asked about the hiring, Bohn responded in a text that ”our
process is not complete.”
The university later issued a statement, saying, ”We are still
in the active process of hiring our next head football coach. We
have nothing to confirm at this time, and no deal with anyone has
Jones was Colorado’s top choice to replace Jon Embree, who was
fired last week after going 4-21 in two seasons.
The 44-year-old Jones was in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday to
promote the Belk Bowl, which will feature the Bearcats (9-3)
against Duke (6-6) on Dec. 27.
He told The Cincinnati Enquirer later in the day: ”I’m just
trying to make a decision. I’m taking my time and making sure I
make the right decision because there’s a lot of families at
When asked when he might reach a decision, Jones told the paper:
”I don’t know. I’ve got to get this over with. I’m not doing
In a news conference Tuesday for the bowl, Jones deflected
speculation about his coaching future.
”I’m still the coach here, that’s all that matters,” he said.
”This is about the Belk Bowl. I have every intention (of coaching
in the bowl). You have to understand why we’re here. If you don’t,
we can end it right now.”
Jones interviewed at Purdue on Sunday and then arrived in
Boulder the following day. The Boilermakers went ahead and hired
Darrell Hazell as their new football coach after he led Kent State
to its first winning season since 2001 and first bowl appearance in
more than four decades.
The next coach to take the reins for the Buffaloes will be
inheriting a squad that went 1-11 this season, the worst mark in
the 123-year history of the program. The Buffs also were 1-8 in the
Embree had three years remaining on the five-year contract he
signed on Dec. 6, 2010, when he replaced Dan Hawkins, whose poor
recruiting classes and string of losing seasons led to his
Jones is 50-27 as a head coach, including 23-14 in three seasons
AP Sports Writers Larry Lage, Joe Kay and Arnie Stapleton
contributed to this report.