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Butch Jones, Cincinnati deny report coach is leaving

5:42 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
Head Coach Butch Jones of the University of Cincinnati. Photo Courtesy USA Today Sports Images.
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"No decision has been made," Jones said. "That's false and erroneous. I'm just trying to make a decision. I'm taking my time and making sure I make the right decision because there's a lot of families at stake."

Jones spoke by phone from a restaurant in Charlotte where he was waiting for his flight home from a Belk Bowl press conference earlier in the day. He was accompanied by Ryan Koslen, UC's sports information contact for football.
"We're in a Cracker Barrel in the middle of waiting for our plane and my phone blows up that I've accepted the Colorado job," Jones said.

Asked when he would make his decision, Jones said, "I don't know. I've got to get this over with. I'm not doing anything tonight."

Jones said he had not talked to anyone from Colorado on Wednesday. He spent the day, he said, at the press conference and later sat in on some position meetings with the NFL Carolina Panthers.

Jones confirmed that he had met with UC athletic director Whit Babcock before leaving for Charlotte but said the meeting was not about his discussions with Colorado.

"That was just catching up," Jones said. "He's been out of town in New York City. We always do that. We would have been in there even if there was nothing going on."

Asked if UC had made a counter proposal, Jones said, "They're working on it. They'll do the appropriate thing. I'm not trying to play one side against the other. That has nothing to do with it."

Story written by Bill Koch 

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