Today is decision day for Butch Jones concerning Purdue.
Today is the day we find out if Butch Jones will be the next head football coach at Purdue. While last night it looked like Colorado was the frontrunner, today it appears as if Purdue and Cincinnati are both in the race simply because there has not been a definitive no yet. I think we have all forgotten that he could decide to stay at Cincinnati and blow off both Purdue and Colorado.
If Butch Jones attends UCincy's bowl-game news conference (11 am mtn) without decision it must mean he's staying instead of #CUBuffs-bound— Tom Kensler (@tomkensler) December 4, 2012
From that it appears as if we have until 1pm Indiana time to hear about a decision. There is a ton of speculation, but Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports said it best:
RT "@yahooforde: Word is that Butch Jones is on his way back to Cincinnati, will land after midnight. No word on a decision."— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) December 4, 2012
So we really don't know. Last night I didn't think it was a good thing that he was staying in Colorado longer than expected, but there was no immediate announcement. Purdue, at least according to GBI, is already hedging slightly by saying Darrell Hazell is in play, so we haven't bet everything on Jones. Purdue's offer is reportedly bigger:
Cincy Enquirer reports via source that Purdue offered Butch Jones more $ than #CUBuffs. Still believe it's between CU or staying at Cincy— Tom Kensler (@tomkensler) December 4, 2012
Meanwhile, Tom Deinhart thinks the Purdue ship has sailed:
A source close to Butch Jones just told me that the Cincinnati coach is NOT going to #Purdue. Jones also has an offer from Colorado.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) December 4, 2012