Butch Jones is part of Alabama’s coaching staff as “an intern, an analyst,” as Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Tuesday.
Not surprisingly, Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis jumped on the “intern” part of Saban’s comment to produce a juicy take on FOX Sports Radio about the former Tennessee coach.
On Wednesday morning, Travis said the so-called intern title is “a total indictment of Butch Jones himself.” Travis went on to wonder how the former Volunteers coach didn’t “have more self-respect” before accepting a position at Alabama as a 50-year-old intern.
“This is just a total indictment of everything surrounding the University of Tennessee football program. But also, a total indictment of Butch Jones himself,” Travis said. “A 50-year-old intern. When I hear that, how do you not have more self-respect if you’re Butch Jones? You’ve got a family. Just chill. You’ve been coaching for a long time. Just hang out with them. You’re making millions of dollars not having to do anything. Why humiliate yourself by serving as Nick Saban’s intern at the age of 50?”
Travis was a vocal critic of Jones before the coach was fired in November, so this perspective is consistent with Travis’ recent commentary about Jones. To be fair, Jones is free to conduct his life however he chooses. Perhaps he considers it better for his personal happiness and future professional outlook to work under Saban during the 2018 season before weighing other options.
After all, the approach worked for Steve Sarkisian, who briefly worked as an offensive analyst for Alabama in 2016 before serving as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator during a National Championship Game loss to Clemson to end that campaign. He’s currently working as the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator.
We’ll see what comes of Jones’ time at Alabama, but learning under Saban could prove to be beneficial for him.
Hear Travis’ full thought below:
"A 50-year-old intern? How do you not have more self-respect if you're Butch Jones?" –@ClayTravis
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) March 21, 2018