Butch Jones expected to join Alabama coaching staff

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GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 – Head Coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Florida Gators and the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tennessee Athletics

Former University of Tennessee head football coach, Butch Jones, is expected to join the Alabama football program as an offensive analyst, according to a report by TheSpun.com writer & editor Matt Hladik.

Jones was reportedly in Tuscaloosa last week to have discussions with Alabama head coach Nick Saban about a potential role. 

Alabama has multiple analyst positions to fill after at least four from last year’s staff have left for new jobs, including Chris Weinke who joined Tennessee and will coach running backs. The analyst position would not be part of the on-field coaching staff. 

Jones was dismissed November 12 of last year after leading the Volunteers to a 4-6 record in 2017. Tennessee went on to lose the final two games after his dismissal. His record as Tennessee head coach was 34-27. Jones coached previously at the University of Cincinnati and Central Michigan. 

If he does join the Crimson Tide, it would continue a trend of former head coaches joining Saban’s staff. Former Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin joined the staff as offensive coordinator before being fired in January of last year. He was replaced by another former head coach, Steve Sarkisian, who joined the team as an analyst in 2016. 

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