Nick Saban describes Butch Jones's role as 'intern' during first spring presser
Tennessee fans were mostly glad to see former coach Butch Jones fired at the end of last season, but now he’s seemingly landed on his feet with Nick Saban’s Alabama staff.
However, Saban had an interesting way of describing Jones’s role with the team during his opening press conference of the spring.
Saban called the former Tennessee coach an intern and an analyst, but clarified that Jones can’t coach on the field for the Crimson Tide this offseason:
Saban on former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones: "He's an intern, an analyst. I guess we could have several names for it. He can't coach on the field, aight. … Today was actually the first day he was cleared by the NCAA."
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) March 20, 2018
We’ve seen several of Saban’s “interns,” or analysts, go on to bigger and better jobs in recent years. Steve Sarkisian comes to mind, as does Mike Locksley, who currently serves as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.
Jones will have a lot of work to do if he wants to rehab his image, but it has happened in the past and could certainly happen again.