Butch Jones one of 2 former SEC head coaches linked to FBS opening
A couple of former SEC head coaches with Nick Saban connections are on South Alabama’s radar. Former Tennessee head coach and current Alabama assistant Butch Jones and former Florida coach Jim McElwain interviewed for South Alabama’s head coaching position, according to Football Scoop.
This season, Jones has served as an assistant at Alabama and McElwain is the head coach at Central Michigan. Jones tallied a 34-27 record while at the helm for Tennessee from 2013-17. During his tenure at Florida from 2015-17, McElwain registered a 22-12 record.
Jones was fired at Tennessee after starting out with a 4-6 record in 2017. Florida let go of McElwain after the Gators began 3-4 in 2017. Prior to his firing, McElwain infamously made comments to the press about players and coaches receiving death threats, something he was unable to prove to UF athletic department administrators.
Jones works closely with a cast of Alabama wide receivers that’s helped quarterback Mac Jones become a Heisman Trophy candidate. McElwain is 11-8 in his two seasons at Central Michigan. A former Alabama offensive coordinator, McElwain is 55-35 overall as a head coach including his tenures at Florida (22-12) and Colorado State (22-15).
Football Scoop reports that an announcement will be decided in the next 2-3 days. The South Alabama job is considered a desirable position because of the school’s new stadium, location, and passionate fan base.