Not long after ECU fired coach Scottie Montgomery on Thursday, a few names were floated as his potential replacement.

One of them is a recent SEC head coach.

Butch Jones, who coached Tennessee from 2013-17, is on the Pirates’ radar as they begin their coaching search, according to a tweet from the Associated Press’ Ralph D. Russo.

Jones is currently an analyst on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff, which has served as a great springboard for other coaches in recent years. ECU could do worse than a former SEC head coach that showed promise but failed to break through, especially one who worked in a neighboring state and is familiar with recruiting in the area.

Of course, this is all speculation at this point, not to mention that the Pirates are also searching for a new athletic director. But it wouldn’t be that big of a surprise to see Jones get the job.

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