Today Cincinnati Bearcats head football coach Butch Jones held a press conference. The appearance in front of the media was anticipated after visiting with both the Colorado Buffaloes and the Purdue Boilermakers about their respective coaching vacancies.
The main subject of the presser? Why the Belk Bowl of course. Jones was reportedly offered a sum of $13.5 million over five years to be the Buffs next head coach. Most of his Monday was spent in Boulder visiting the campus and meeting with university administrators including Athletic Director Mike Bohn.
No surprise the first question aimed at Jones after his opening remarks today was about his future as the coach of the Bearcats, and whether or not he was moving on. This was the point when most observes expect … well… an answer. Keep looking.
Jones replied in no uncertain terms that he would end the press conference if there was any further questioning of his job status. To rumors about his leaving for the Colorado job Jones replied, “I think all you have to do is look at my past and the past years of what’s happened and I’m still the head football coach here.”
Yes Butch you are still the head coach. But for how long? If you plan on staying in Cincinnati why not just make it clear when you have the forum to do so?
This was Jones’ chance to make a commitment either way. He cannot hide that he was courted by CU yesterday or Purdue just days before. Today was the day Jones would make an announcement. Apparently a press conference didn’t seem like the right time.
If Jones does plan on bolting for Boulder, I can understand that he would want tell his players in person before hand. Some reporters speculated a presser today in Cincinnati would signal that Jones will stay.
My guess is that Jones wanted to tell his players about his decision to leave before he said anything to the press. The wait continues. Jones would be wise make an announcement later today instead of dragging his decision out another 24 hours.
Your move coach.