According to a report from AL.com, former University of Tennessee head coach and current Alabama staffer Butch Jones will be moved to a new coaching position this upcoming season.
Jones served as an offensive analyst over the past two season’s on Nick Saban’s staff and will now be listed as a special assistant to the head coach. It is unclear what Jones’ new responsibilities will be under his new title but it is clear that it is a promotion.
Since the season’s conclusion Jones’ name had been linked to a couple of other possible head coaching gigs but ultimately decided to remain with the Crimson Tide.
“I know Butch had other job opportunities after last year, and he decided he wanted to stay here,” said Saban. “It’s obviously an advantage when you have continuity in your program with the people that you have in your organization at any level.”
This news also comes after Saban hired former USF head coach Charlie Strong as a new defensive analyst on the staff. Alabama will now have six former head coaches on the staff which include Steve Sarkisian, Jones, Major Applewhite, Kyle Flood and Mike Stoops.
Now with Sarkisian remaining with Alabama as the team’s offensive coordinator and Jones staying on with a new role, it will be an offseason of relief for Saban as he will be heading into the 2020 season with two important coaches remaining on his staff.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77