TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama coach Nick Saban has a new intern, which will probably cause a few Tennessee fans to chuckle at the title.
Former Volunteers coach Butch Jones has formerly started working for the Crimson Tide, although the preferred title is analyst.
“He’s an intern, an analyst, I guess we could have several names for it,” Saban said during his press conference following Alabama’s first spring practice on Tuesday. “He can’t coach on the field. He can work with us off the field.”
Jones previous coached at Tennessee (2013-17), Cincinnati (2010-12) and Central Michigan (2007-09). That he was joining the Crimson Tide wasn’t new, and Jones was wearing an Alabama shirt while attending the recent pro day workouts for former players who are eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft.
However, Saban said that Jones wasn’t cleared by the NCAA until Tuesday.
“We have these things, these rules, and I don’t even know what they’re called, like we can’t hire high school coaches, we can’t hire people that have recruited other players who we’re recruiting and all that, so you have to go through a process with the NCAA,” Saban said. “So that finally got completed today so now he’s officially going to be part of the staff here.”