|Butch Jones reportedly met with Purdue on Sunday and will meet with Colorado on Monday. (US Presswire)|
Cincinnati coach Butch Jones clinched back-to-back Big East championships over the weekend, giving the Bearcats their fourth shared title in five years. Jones has been a popular name in the coaching carousel, and it appears at least one school could be ready to break the bank to land him.
According to the Denver Post, Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn and school president Bruce Benson are prepared to offer Jones a five-year deal worth more than $13.5 million. The deal reportedly also could include a commitment to upgrade Folsom Field and the school's athletic facilities.
Jones will have a decision to make after interviewing with Colorado and Purdue for the open coaching positions. He has said multiple times that he is happy in his current post, but the reported offers could be a game-changer for Jones -- who is scheduled to make $1.6 million in 2013, increasing to $2.05 million in 2017, the last year of his contract.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jones and Cincinnati have talked about re-doing his current contract. Jones has been reportedly frustrated with the inability to renovate Nippert Stadium, and the new deal could include a similar pledge to improve facilities. Finding the money for such a pledge might be an issue after Jones had to raise most of the money for a new players lounge "himself through his 1200 Club for football boosters."
Jones' agent, Trace Armstrong, told the Denver Post a decision could come by Tuesday.
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