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Purdue is reportedly looking to be the latest Indiana school to pry a coach away from Cincinnati.
A name to watch for #Purdue job is Jim Caldwell. Fits Purdue's criteria on many levels. And remember: Bill Polian is "advising" Purdue.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) November 30, 2012
Purdue will meet with Cincinnati's Butch Jones regarding their football coach position, according to Football Scoop. Earlier, Brandan Murphy of Boiler Radio reported Jones has been offered the job, but no other outlet is currently reporting the same thing. Zach Wells denies the offer report.
Jones has guided the Bearcats to a 22-14 record in three seasons. If he does leave, it'll be just the latest bad thing to happen to the Bearcats -- before Jones, Brian Kelly left for national title contender Notre Dame and Mark Dantonio left to lead Michigan State to six straight bowl bids.
Purdue bought out the remaining years of head coach Danny Hope's contract earlier this week.
Jones is 49-27 overall in his head coaching career, and 8-3 so far this year. His first stop came at Central Michigan, where he went to three-straight bowl games and lost just three conference games in three years. Jones has just one losing season in six as a head man, his first year with Cincinnati when the Bearcats went 4-8.
The Boilermakers finished the 2012 regular season at 6-6 and earned a bowl berth by virtue of their win over in-state rival Indiana in the finale. It will mark the second-straight bowl eligible season, but Purdue won't be able to match its eight wins from 2011.
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