CINCINNATI - While Cincinnati Bearcats football coach Butch Jones may have met with University of Colorado and Purdue University officials earlier in the week, Jones wasn't talking about it at a news conference here on Tuesday.
Jones declined to answer questions about his future role with UC, instead insisting that Tuesday's news conference focus on the Bearcats upcoming game against Duke University in Belk Bowl.
On Monday afternoon, Jones met with University of Colorado officials at Folsom Field, according to Scripps station The Denver Channel. A Denver columnist reported Monday morning that the University of Colorado offered Jones a five-year contract worth more than $13.5 million to leave the Bearcats and coach in the Mile-High State.
Woody Paige of The Denver Post wrote that CU sources told him the offer would be made soon.
As part of the deal, Colorado will commit to upgrade Folsom Field, the Dal Ward Athletic Center and the team's practice facilities.
“Jones is ready to listen and is intrigued by the CU job,” Paige wrote.
The Denver Channel reports Jones flew in to Colorado Monday and met with CU officials at Folsom Field around 4:50 p.m. Officials hid Jones from the news media and snuck him out of the stadium.
The wives of CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn, Chancellor Phil DiStefano and President Bruce Benson were also present.
No other details on Jones' visit have been released at this time.
It is not clear if his wife traveled with him, as early reports indicated.
Jones is slated to make $1.6 million in 2013 at UC and could make $2 million more at Colorado. Cincinnati is reportedly willing to rework his contract again this year to keep Jones.
CU is looking for a head coach to turn around a program that just ended the worst season (1-11) in school history, leading to the firing of Jon Embree after his second year as head coach in Boulder.
This season Jones led Cincinnati to a share of the Big East Conference championship for the second year in a row. The Bearcats will face Duke (6-6) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27 in Charlotte, N.C
On Sunday, Jones visited Purdue University, which is also trying to woo the coach, ESPN reports.
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