BOULDER, Colo. - The University of Colorado expects to have decision on new football coach sometime Tuesday morning, 7SPORTS Anchor Lionel Bienvenu reports.
CU leaders offered Cincinnati Bearcats coach Butch Jones a five-year contract worth more than $13.5 million to become the Buffaloes new head football coach.
The offer includes guarantees to upgrade Folsom Field, the Dal Ward Athletic Center and team practice facilities, Bienvenu says.
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.
Jones' Mile High adventure began at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Monday morning in Broomfield when he and his wife, Barb, arrived on a private plane paid for by a CU booster, the newspaper reported.
Jones had been photographed getting off a Purdue University plane Sunday in West Lafayete, Ind., to interview for the head football coaching job there.
Sources told the Daily Camera that Jones was not happy about being photographed at Purdue and that led Colorado officials to do their best to keep him out of sight during his Boulder trip.
CU officials arranged for the plane to taxi to an alternate part of the airport where Jones could step from the plane without being photographed. The Joneses were picked up in an SUV driven by Bohn.
At one point, Bohn drove through a shopping center parking lot in an effort to lose the news crew while Jones sunk low in the backseat, the Daily Camera reported.
After a touring campus, Butch 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 the afternoon in the suites discussing the beleaguered football program that went 1-11 this season under former coach Jon Embree, according to the Daily Camera.
As Jones left the stadium, workers hid him behind a tall food warmer on wheels, so he could walk down the stadium steps and into the lower level of the Dal Ward Center while avoiding reporters, the newspaper reported.
The Joneses flew back to Cincinnati Monday night.
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.