Butch Jones will be serving in a new role for Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama.
The former Cincinnati and Tennessee head coach joined the Crimson Tide in 2018 after losing his head coach position with the Volunteers following the end of the 2017 season. Since then, Jones has spent the last two seasons at Alabama serving as an analyst.
After spending the past two years proving his worth, the former head coach has earned a promotion, of sorts. Saban is changing Jones’ role from analyst to “special assistant to the head coach,” according to Matt Zenitz of AL.com.
It’s unclear as to what exactly Jones’ new position entails. But he’ll certainly have the task of making Saban’s life easier. It’ll be interesting to see what Jones’ job responsibilities are moving forward. Here’s the latest on the job title change:
Have heard Butch Jones will be moving into a different role for Alabama.
Sounds like he'll now have the title of special assistant to the head coach.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) February 20, 2020
Saban has a track-record of promoting analysts to “assistants,” typically to try and retain personnel for as long as possible. Butch Jones is clearly a big-time benefit for Alabama.
The former collegiate head coach will be sticking with the Crimson Tide for now. But there’s little doubt he’ll be a head coach again one day. He was involved in the Colorado State coaching search in December. The school wound up hiring recently fired Boston College coach Steve Addazio.
Now, it’s just a question of when, not if.