Cincinnati coach Butch Jones remains Colorado's top choice to replace Jon Embree -- he reportedly has a firm offer from the Buffaloes -- but his decision might have been delayed by the surprise opening at Rose Bowl bound Wisconsin.
Jones is a Midwest guy, and the departure of Bret Bielema to Arkansas might intrigue him enough to pass on the Buffs.
What might be the Plan B? From the Boulder Daily Camera:
Sources said they wrote at least one new name down on a dry-erase board. CU officials would be interested in talking with Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter, San Jose State coach [Mike MacIntyre] and at least one other possible candidate whom they only began to consider Tuesday.
CU has either ruled out or been told there is no reciprocal interest from candidates such as Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, Brigham Young coach Bronco Mendenhall and Utah State coach Gary Andersen.
As for California, the lead name is Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes, the former offensive coordinator at Arizona. There have been reports that he and San Jose State's MacIntyre interviewed with Cal officials over the weekend. The Bears also reportedly talked to Kent State coach Darrell Hazell, but he's been hired by Purdue.
Of course, as Arkansas has taught us, don't be surprised if names that aren't bouncing around in media reporters suddenly appear when the ink dries on new contracts.