Several coaches with SEC ties mentioned as possible replacements at South Alabama
On Monday afternoon, South Alabama coach Joey Jones announced he’d be resigning his position at the end of the season.
Now, the search is on to replace Jones, who has been the only head coach in South Alabama history after the school started its football program in 2009.
Already, a few names with connections to the SEC, including former Tennessee coach Butch Jones, ex-Tennessee QB Tee Martin and Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke, have been linked to the opening:
I’ve heard Matt Luke’s name attached to USA in a few circles. https://t.co/9sZmUgeWLP
— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) November 20, 2017
Could actually see South Alabama as a fit for Butch Jones. Names to keep an eye on..Tee Martin, Tim Skipper.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) November 20, 2017
Butch Jones has a window of opportunity, here. https://t.co/tyaY7x8mSV
— Houston Kress (@VolRumorMill) November 20, 2017
Tee Martin coaching in his hometown? That would be awesome. I would become an instant fan. https://t.co/myAaEy3mzb
— Wes Boling (@TNsWesBoling) November 20, 2017
The only one of the three potential SEC candidates currently unemployed is Jones, who was fired by Tennessee last weekend. It’ll be interesting to see what Ole Miss does with Luke, but for now he’s the interim coach.
Meanwhile, Martin is the offensive coordinator at USC at the moment, so he too is not available to discuss the position just yet.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see which direction South Alabama wants to go, but it could be a great spot for a former head coach to rehab his image and build on what Jones has done.