BOULDER, Colo. - Although sources said Wednesday afternoon that Butch Jones had verbally accepted an offer to become the University of Colorado's next head football coach, those sources are now retracting that information.
7SPORTS Anchor Lionel Bienvenu reported that sources in the CU athletic department said it was a verbal agreement that they hope to finalize Wednesday night or Thursday. CU's Board of Regents must approve the contract.
Those sources are now saying that they thought they had a verbal committment earlier.
CU spokesman David Plati also denied the coaching search was finished.
"We are still in the active process of hiring our next head football coach. We have nothing to confirm at this time, and no deal with anyone has been reached," he said in a written statement.
Sports Illustrated reporter Pete Thamel tweeted, "just reached out to Butch Jones, who said any report of him taking the Colorado job is 'absolutely false.'"
CU leaders offered Jones a five-year contract worth more than $13.5 million to become the Buffaloes new head football coach, Bienvenu reported Tuesday.
The offer includes guarantees to upgrade Folsom Field, the Dal Ward Athletic Center and team practice facilities, Bienvenu said.
This season, Jones led Cincinnati to a share of the Big East Conference championship for the second year in a row.
Jones and the Bearcats will face the Duke Blue Devils at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 27.
The wooing of the winning Bearcats coach happened during a whirlwind visit by Jones and his wife to the CU-Boulder campus on Monday.
At times, Jones' interviews with top CU officials and tour of football facilities became a game of hide and seek with news reporters.
Late in the afternoon with Jones still in the Dal Ward Center, CU athletic director Mike Bohn walked by a group of reporters. He was asked for a comment.
"It has been a productive day," Bohn said, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
After touring the campus, Jones was taken to the club and suite levels of Folsom Field where he and his agent, Trace Armstrong, met and ate lunch with Bohn, Chancellor Phil DiStefano, CU President Bruce Benson and a handful of athletic department staffers, the newspaper reported.
The group spent much of Monday afternoon in the suites discussing the beleaguered football program that went 1-11 this season and 4-21 overall under former coach Jon Embree, according to the Daily Camera.
The 2012 season was the Buffaloes' worst in the 123-year history of the program. Their only win a 35-34 win at Washington State on Sept 23.