Current Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Butch Jones is heading to Boulder this morning to speak with the Colorado Buffaloes. Jones spent part of the weekend in West Lafayette, Indiana meeting with the Purdue Boilermakers.
Jones visited Purdue University on Sunday to interview for the head coaching job there. He did not speak to reporters during his visit and Purdue offered no hint of how the meeting went. The Lafayette Journal and Courier reported he spent four hours with Purdue officials.
Jones is slated to make $1.6 million in 2013 and could make $2 million or more at both Colorado and Purdue. Cincinnati is reportedly willing to rework his contract again this year after doing so last offseason in order to keep Jones.
A report from Woody Paige (ugh) says the Buffaloes are prepared to offer a 13.5 million contract, with guaranteed upgrades to Folsom Field, Dal Ward and team practice facilities. An offer that high would likely be more than either Purdue or Cincinnati would be willing to match (never say never) and would put the ball in Jones' court on whether or not he felt that Boulder was a fit.
Jones has certainly proved his football acumen on the field, both at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, but it would remain to be seen how he would recruit in Texas and California without any ties there. It would definitely require some smart choices to fill out his staff, but it's certainly been done before. We'll keep you updated as we hear more.
By Jon Woods