Butch Jones denies reports he accepted CU head football coaching job

BOULDER, Colo. — Butch Jones, the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati, denied reports he verbally accepted an offer to become head coach at the University of Colorado late Wednesday.

Jones, who was in Charlotte, NC promoting the Belk Bowl that his Cincinnati Bearcats are participating in said the reports are false.

He did tell reporters he would make a decision “pretty soon.”

He has been talking with University of Cincinnati about a contract as well.

Dave Plati of the CU Athletic Department released a statement as of 5 p.m. MT. “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 been reached.”

Jones was reportedly offered a 5-year $13.5 million contract by the University of Colorado after interviewing for the school’s vacant head coach position Monday.

Jones and his wife went on a quick tour of the campus and the football facilities in Boulder.

The Cincinnati Bearcats were 9-3 this season under Jones. They play the Duke Blue Devils in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27.

Colorado had the worst season in its history going 1-11 and losing every game at home. Coach Jon Embree was fired just days after the season ended.

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