When Nick Saban announced his staff changes last week, Jones was not listed as an on-field assistant coach. He’ll remain in an analyst role in 2019, much to the chagrin of Tennessee, Jones’ former employer.
As part of his buyout agreement in 2017, Tennessee owed Jones more than $8 million in monthly installments until February 2021 when his contract expired. He has obtained more than $2 million from the university.
If Jones had been promoted to an on-field role, his salary would have increased exponentially, thereby decreasing some of the money the Vols owed him.
Per KnoxNews.com, Jones made $35,000 as an analyst last season.
Butch Jones didn't get promoted to Nick Saban's on-field staff.
He remains a buyout anchor for Tennessee in 2019.https://t.co/KeTmuH2a3d
— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) February 18, 2019
Jones was the head coach at Tennessee from 2013-17. He recorded a 34-27 overall record, including a 3-0 mark in bowl games, but was let go with a 4-6 mark and two games remaining in 2017.
Prior to being hired at UT, Jones was a head coach at Cincinnati (2010-12) and Central Michigan (2007-09).