Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn felt that a deal was extremely close, but then he felt there was a new development with Jones, which is why he turned down the lucrative offer. That development was the acancy down in SEC country with the Tennessee Volunteers, where Jones is in consideration for that head coaching job.
Bohn is still saying positive and feels that Colorado will land the right man for the job:
"We've been working on a Plan B in the past week, and we're sure we will get a coach everybody will be proud of."
Landing a coach that students, fans and alumni can all be proud of will prove difficult. Colorado did offer Jones a five-year, $13.5 million deal, the highest in school history, but it was rejected.
The next list of names to be linked to the Colorado head coaching job are Fresno State's Tim DeRuyter and San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre.