Alabama is about to add a former SEC head coach to its coaching staff.
The Spun has learned through sources in Alabama that former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is expected to be hired as an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide. An announcement is expected sometime this week.
AL.com first reported last week that Jones had met with Nick Saban and was in discussions regarding a potential analyst role. It is an off-field position.
The 50-year-old Jones has been out of work since getting dismissed by the Vols in November. He spent four-plus seasons in Knoxville.
Prior to that, Jones was a head coach at Cincinnati (2010-12) and Central Michigan (2007-09). He was last an assistant coach in college at West Virginia in 2005 and 2006.
In Tuscaloosa, he will continue a recent trend of former college coaches working under Saban. Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and Mike Locksley have all done the same.
Currently, Jones is receiving an $8.25 million buyout from Tennessee. He is scheduled to be paid monthly through February 2021, but those payments would be mitigated by the salary from his next position.
Jones has an 84-54 overall record as a head coach. He reached eight bowl games in 11 seasons and led Central Michigan and Cincinnati to double-digit wins in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
Alabama will open its 2018 season against Louisville on Sept. 1.