Alabama football: Nick Saban is ‘interested’ in hiring Butch Jones
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Nick Saban interested in hiring Butch Jones
Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones has been around Tuscaloosa for the last couple of weeks, sparking rumors about his potential hiring. On Wednesday at pro day, Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed he is interested in hiring Jones but does not know how long it is going to take.
“I don’t know where that is,” Saban said. “We have issues that we have to go through to hire somebody from another school, and I haven’t gotten a report on where that is right now. We are interested in him being a part of our staff.”
Jones spent five years as Tennessee’s coach from 2012-17. He also coached Cincinnati from 2010-12. Before that, he was Central Michigan’s coach from 2007-09. He wore an Alabama jacket at pro day.
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Blake Sims gives opinion on quarterback battle
Former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims threw for Alabama’s receivers at pro day. Afterward, he talked to the media about his future career and the Alabama quarterback battle. He praised both players and said it would be good if Alabama found a way to utilize both Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. Sims said Hurts handled being benched better than he would have.
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