UC athletic director Whit Babcock: Jones' reps were contacted by UT minutes after he declined CU offer.
UT's athletic director reached out to Babcock first, before the offer, Babcock said that is a "lost courtesy"
"No timetable for hire, but sooner the better" UC AD Whit Babcock said
"I apologize to our fans in advance" for all the coach speculation to come, Babcock said.
UC president Santa Ono told the team "I can imagine you are shocked, perhaps dismayed as to what has transpired here"
Ono told UC "I have your back."
"No one can take away your four conference titles, the Liberty Bowl win and all of your achievements and memories" Ono told the UC football team.
"I too am hurt and disappointed, but we will move on" Ono said.
UC will "immediately" launch a search for the next coach. UC AD Babcock said the primary trait they're looking for is "leadership"
Interim head coach Steve Stripling has a 1-0 record in bowl games
"Change is inevitable, it's the response to change that matter" Stripling said.
UC's AD was asked if the Big East changes were a factor in Jones' decision, and he said "a little bit."
"Just couldn't pass on this one" Butch Jones said in a text to Dennis Janson today