Nick Saban’s coaching rehab facility is ready to let another student wander back into the real world.
According to 247 Sports, Jones will leave his offensive analyst position at Alabama to join Mike Locksley at Maryland. Locksley served Alabama’s offensive coordinator this season.
BREAKING: Butch Jones officially agrees to leave Alabama to join Maryland football staff https://t.co/UyhIxQIv6L— 247Sports (@247Sports) December 11, 2018
Butch will coach tight ends and serve as the associate head coach under Locksley. The two met in College Park earlier this week, where Jones decided to take the job.
The report is unclear on the potential financial impact it may have on Tennessee.
Jones was reportedly paid just $35,000 this season because the $8.3 settlement he reached with Tennessee is to be paid through 2021, and so any income received from another school would ostensibly be subtracted from that payout. So it’s unclear what the financial terms will be. (Via InsideMDSports)
Jones posted a 34-27 record during his time at Tennessee, which lasted five years. He served as the head coach at Central Michigan and Cincinnati before that. He spent plenty of time as a positional coach in the early stages of his career, serving as the tight ends, receivers and running backs at Central Michigan.
He will now head north to Maryland, where he’ll help Mike Locksley attempt to rebuild a program that’s trying to find its way after the tragic death of Jordan McNair and the sub-sequential firing of D.J. Durkin.