University of Colorado officials still had not received an answer from Cincinnati coach Butch Jones about their offer to him to become the 25th head coach in CU history when Jones participated in a press conference today at Cincinnati to discuss the Bearcats' bowl game later this month.
Cincinnati officials asked that reporters limit their questions to those about the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27 in Charlotte against Duke and this season's Cincinnati team. Reporters responded by doing their jobs and making the first two questions about Jones' job status.
"I think all you have to do is look at my past and the past years of what's happened and I'm still the head football coach here," Jones said. "I think that speaks volumes."
A follow up question was asked about whether Jones' intention is to coach the Bearcats in the bowl game.
"I'll say it again, I have every intention, but again, that's not why we're here today," Jones said. "If you guys don't, we can end it right now."
Reporters backed off at that point and made the rest of their questions about the bowl game and the Cincinnati program. The press conference lasted about 10 minutes.
Jones visited CU on Monday with his wife, Barb, and agent, Trace Armstrong, and flew home late Monday night with a job offer, including a five-year contract for more than $2.5 million annually.
If Jones accepts the job, he will become the highest paid coach in Colorado history. If not, CU officials will turn to a list of alternative candidates such as Brigham Young coach Bronco Mendenhall, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter and San Jose State coach Mike McIntyre.
Cincinnati reportedly has given Jones a counter offer today and he is now considering both options and discussing them with his family and assistant coaches. His agent has said he expects Jones to make a decision at some point today.
Colorado is in the market for a coach for the third time in the past seven years after firing former coach Jon Embree nine days ago following a 1-11 season. It is regarded as the worst season in the modern era of CU football.