In addition to last night's report, here are some small notes that have come to light this morning.
Where we left this last night was just that Butch Jones is the prime focus right now and that a decision presumably will have to come soon after Cincinnati's game against Connecticut in Hartford tomorrow.
We can not confirm an offer, but again, it seems like a mere formality.
The Cincinnati end of this is very much leaning toward an expectation that Jones will be gone ? if not Purdue, somewhere - next season.
It's just a waiting game now.
Reports now have Jones as a priority for Colorado, the timing of such reports being interesting in the sense that perhaps some people are trying to get Jones to put off other jobs so they have time to get involved.
Is Colorado a better job than Purdue? That can be debated. They're probably comparable in the hierarchy of jobs, especially when you look at the difference in the products on the field this past season. What's not debatable is that Purdue lies much more in Jones' recruiting comfort zone, which has been the Midwest, whereas at CU, you have to build your team through Texas and California.
In terms of commitment to winning, that Purdue has moved to ante up in terms of compensation could give it an edge there. But again the two are, at worst, comparable.
We've already reported that Jones is expected to gauge Tennessee before making a call on Purdue. Time will tell how thoroughly he assesses the Colorado situation first before potentially accepting the Boilermaker post.
Obviously, Purdue would like to have this wrapped up sooner than later, which is what makes the timing of glowing reports about Colorado's affection for him interesting.
A source tied to the UC program tells us that a regularly scheduled function for Bearcat players at Jones' house on Sunday has been canceled.
We would only be guessing when suggesting it to have anything to do with Jones' job situation, but that would seem like a very fair assumption based on the circumstances.
According to those with ties to the Cincinnati locker room, Bearcat players are already mobilizing to push UC to hire Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and former Bearcat assistant coach Kerry Coombs to replace Jones when he leaves, wherever he may go.
One way or another, Sunday could be eventful. There might be some activity brewing with Purdue that day and it stands to reason to suggest Purdue officials would want to get an audience with him as soon as UC's regular season is over. Stay tuned there.
Lastly, just so we can be clear with what we've reported: No one here has said Jones will take the job. He is the focus of the search, though, with a decision needed some after Cincinnati's game against Connecticut tomorrow in Hartford. Just to be clear.
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