*After the original news broke of Butch Jones’ acceptance of Colorado University’s offer to become their new head coach, Jones came out and stated that the claims were false. He is denying all reports of his decision becoming final*
Cincinnati Bearcats’ head coach Butch Jones made it official. According to the Denver Post, the football coach that has enjoyed much success in his three years with the Bearcats, is leaving the Queen City and taking his talents to Colorado.
This move comes after two days of UC fans and Cincinnati sports gurus sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting for his answer. It is nice to have an answer to “Jones Watch”, but it is not the answer the Bearcats were hoping to hear.
Jones had been unhappy with the facilities since coming to coach the University of Cincinnati football program. Many people also stated the head coach was also unsatisfied with the Bearcats inability to find a suitable conference home. Which is a concern for everyone close to the school, as the Big East continues to crumble around them.
Another reason for leaving the Bearcats came down to the money. It has been reported that Colorado offered the coach a five year deal worth $13.5 million. The deal would pay the coach $2.7 million annually, compared to the $1.57 million that he was bringing home with Cincinnati.
The exit of the coach leaves UC in a familiar position. This will be the fourth time since 2006 that the Bearcats will be in search of a new head coach. Mark Dantonio left for MSU in 2006, and then Brian Kelly took over the team and left for Notre Dame in 2009. They were followed by Jeff Quinn, who stood in interim, before the team hired Jones in 2010.