BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The losses keep piling up for the University of Colorado football program.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday that Butch Jones has rejected an offer to become the Buffaloes' next coach. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Jones hadn't publicly revealed his decision to stay at the University of Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported Jones had withdrawn his name from consideration for the Buffaloes job, just as he had the Purdue opening earlier in the week that subsequently went to Darrell Hazell.
Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn didn't return phone messages seeking comment on Jones' decision.
Jones met with Bohn and others in Boulder for nine hours on Monday, when he was offered a five-year deal worth at least $13.5 million. He then spent two days avoiding questions about his coaching future while promoting the Bearcats' appearance against Duke in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 27.
On Wednesday night, Jones sent a text message to the AP calling a report that he had accepted the Colorado job "absolutely false," and Bohn responded in a text to AP that "our process is not complete."
Now, it's back to Square One for a program that, at 1-11, just completed the worst season in its 123-year history.
Jones was Colorado's top choice to replace Jon Embree, who was fired after going 4-21 in two seasons at his alma mater. Jones is believed to be the only candidate that Bohn has met with during his third coaching search since firing Gary Barnett in 2005.