BOULDER, Colo. - New reports Thursday morning are that Butch Jones has withdrawn his name from consideration as the head coach at the University of Colorado - Boulder.
An administrator with the University of Cincinnati, where Jones currently is head coach, confirmed Jones withdrew his name Thursday.
Jones will be remaining at the University of Cincinnati, where he had received a counter-offer shortly after CU offered him an annual salary of $2.7 million over five years, according to Daily Camera reporter Kyle Ringo.
Over the past week, Jones has battled reports that he spoke with officials from Purdue University and University of Colorado about coaching jobs.
Although there were reports on Wednesday that Jones had verbally accepted CU's $13.5 million offer, the early media reports and the circus surrounding his courtship may have scared him off, Ringo said.
7Sports director Lionel Bienvenu was told by two sources close to CU that Butch Jones had indicated to them he was taking the job at CU. When numerous media outlets broke that story detailing the information, Jones then publicly denied that he had made a decision. And CU issued official statements saying the reports were premature and the coaching search was “still active.”
It appeared Jones was shaken and clearly disturbed by the media reports he had accepted the job at CU. And after sleeping on it he decided to remove his name from consideration this morning.
Jones would have been the school's highest paid coach. He and his wife were flown in to Boulder Monday, where had met with athletic director Mike Bohn, CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano and CU president Bruce Benson.
Jones was making $1.million in Cincinnati, where he led the Bearcats to a share of the Big East Conference championship for the second year in a row.
CU, on the other hand, ended their worst season 1-11, and fired head coach Jon Embree after two years.
Ringo said that CU is moving onto other candidates, including San Jose State head coach Mark Macintyre and Fresno State Tim DeRuyter.
“Amid the very competitive environment for college coaches right now, it is vital for CU to get the right fit: a coach who can take our program to new levels of success, who embodies and endorses our values, and who is committed to taking us to the highest levels of competition in the Pac-12 Conference," Chancellor Phil DiStefano said in a statement released by the school Thursday. "We are not deterred in our process of finding this special coach and our search continues.”