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CU Offers Coaching Job to Butch Jones

By Lucia Rose in Student News

Maybe CU won't have to wait long for a new head coach. University of Cincinnati football coach, Butch Jones, visited Colorado today and interviewed for the head coaching position.

After being offered a five-year contract that would pay $2.5 million annually, Jones is considering becoming the 25th head football coach of the University of Colorado. Jones and his wife arrived at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield this morning and were then picked up in an SUV by Athletic Director Mike Bohn. Bohn drove them to the overlook on Highway 36 for a panoramic view of Boulder.

Shortly after, Bohn attended a meeting at Folsom Field with his agent, Bohn, Chancellor Phil DiStefano, CU President Bruce Benson, and Senior Women's Administrator Ceal Barry. Benson returned early from a trip in Mexico to be present for the meeting.

CU officials spoke at length with Jones about plans to expand facilities in and around Folsom Field. These plans include spending between $175 and $220 million on a permanent indoor practice facility, expansion of the Dal Ward Center, enclosing the north end of the stadium, increasing the number of seats and suites, and adding a new press box on the west side.

Jones also toured the Buff's locker room, weight room, coaches' office and met with four CU players: David Balchtiari, Paul Richardson, Tyler McColloch, and Shane Dillon before leaving CU around 4:30pm.

Jones recieved the 2011 Big East Coach of the Year award while at the University of Cincinnati and has gone 23-14 during three seasons at Cincinnati. Before he coached at Cincinnati, Jones was the previous head coach at Central Michigan and went 27-13 during his three seasons there.

One of the most sought out coaches in the nation during the past two years, Jones has visited three other schools this year.

Jones and his wife were scheduled to fly back to Cincinnati tonight. If Jones decides to accept CU's offer, he will be presented as CU's next head coach at a press conference sometime this week.

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