Butch Jones may be staying put in Tuscaloosa after all. A new report suggests Jones will spend a second year on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.
Jones was hired by Saban as an offensive analyst for the 2018 season. In December, The Spun reported that Jones was interviewing at Maryland with the intention of following new Terrapins head coach Mike Locksley from Alabama. A subsequent report from 247Sports confirmed he was taking the job as associate head coach and tight ends coach.
Now, Football Scoop is stating Jones will remain at Alabama.
Given the fact that Alabama has lost four offensive assistants to other programs this offseason, it would make sense if Jones was receiving a promotion from analyst to full-time role.
Jones has not been a position coach since he coached wide receivers at West Virginia in 2005-06. He does have extensive experience as a running backs and wide receivers coach and has also worked with tight ends.
Saban could even move Jones into an associate head coaching role like the one he was set to assume at Maryland. Last season, Alabama's quarterbacks coach Dan Enos and defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski were both associate head coaches.