After speculation that Jones would follow Maryland head coach Mike Locksley's lead and leave Nick Saban, Jones will reportedly remain on staff for the 2019 season.
"Sources at Maryland tell FootballScoop Butch Jones plans to remain at Alabama." 樂 https://t.co/EHoLDBBvLc— GATA Dawgs (@BassinDawg) January 16, 2019
Reportedly, Jones had been offered the associate head coach and tight ends coach positions at Maryland, where he would be among the more experienced members of Locksley's staff.
This comes after Alabama announced that former USC head coach and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian would spurn Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals to return to Alabama as the offensive coordinator. Sarkisian served in that capacity for the 2017 National Championship game, which they lost to Clemson.
Steve Sarkisian is ready for a second stint in Tuscaloosa https://t.co/vakFEBjzrS— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 13, 2019
For as bad as Jones was at Tennessee, he isn't a dope who knows nothing about football. He turned programs like Central Michigan and Cincinnati into 10+ game winners. He's perfect as an assistant who can help out on game day.
Just don't let him run the show.