The losses keep piling up for Colorado football program. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday that...

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BOULDER, Colo. — The losses keep piling up for Colorado football program.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday that Butch Jones has rejected an offer to become the Buffaloes’ next coach. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Jones hadn’t publicly revealed his decision to stay at Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported Jones had withdrawn his name from consideration for the Buffaloes’ job, just as he had the Purdue opening earlier in the week that subsequently went to Darrell Hazell.

Jones met with Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn and others in Boulder for nine hours Monday, when he was offered a five-year deal worth at least $13.5 million. He then spent two days avoiding questions about his coaching future while promoting the Bearcats’ appearance against Duke in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 27.

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Jones was Colorado’s top choice to replace Jon Embree, who was fired after going 4-21 in two seasons at his alma mater. Jones is believed to be the only candidate that Bohn has met with during his third coaching search since firing Gary Barnett in 2005.

Jones, 44, is a hot candidate with a 50-27 record as a coach, and might soon be in line for much better opportunities than the one at Colorado.

Notre Dame’s Te’o

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — From Notre Dame’s unbeaten regular season to college football’s biggest awards, Manti Te’o just keeps winning.

Now the linebacker needs two more victories to cap an unforgettable senior season.

Te’o was honored three times at the 22nd Home Depot College Football Awards show at Disney World, including the Maxwell Award for the nation’s most outstanding player.

Te’o has now won six major awards since the end of Notre Dame’s regular season, also taking home the Bednarik Award for top defensive player and Walter Camp Foundation player of the year award. He became the first defensive player to win the Maxwell Award since 1980, ending a string of nine straight quarterbacks.

Next up is the Heisman Trophy ceremony Saturday night, with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel considered the favorite. Then Te’o will try to help the Fighting Irish dethrone defending champion Alabama in the BCS national championship game.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was presented with the Coach of the Year award after leading the Irish to their first 12-0 regular season since 1988.

While Te’o and Notre Dame certainly had a big night, so too did Texas A&M. Manziel won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, and junior offensive lineman Luke Joeckel took home the Outland Trophy for the nation’s best interior lineman.

Other players honored were USC’s Marqise Lee (Biletnikoff Award for top receiver), Tulane’s Cairo Santos (Lou Groza Award for top kicker), Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen (Ray Guy Award for top punter), Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks (Jim Thorpe Award for top defensive back) and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (Doak Walker Award for top running back).


• After reports linking Louisville coach Charlie Strong to several openings in the Southeastern Conference, he said he was staying put. Strong turned down an offer from Tennessee on Tuesday night.

• Cross Pitt coach and former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst off the list of candidates for the Badgers job. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said Chryst is “going to stay at Pitt.” Alvarez said he helped Chryst get the job at Pitt last year and doesn’t think it would be appropriate to hire him away after such a short time.

• Texas coach Mack Brown would not commit to starting Case McCoy or David Ash at quarterback in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State. In another matter, Texas president Bill Powers issued a statement of “full support” for Brown after the Longhorns failed to qualify for a BCS bowl for the third consecutive year.

Mike Gundy intends to remain at Oklahoma State and is downplaying reports of a strained relationship with AD Mike Holder.

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