More than two weeks after it was reported Butch Jones would be joining Maryland’s staff, new Terrapins coach Mike Locksley said the Alabama analyst has yet to be hired
“I haven’t signed Butch to a contract just yet,” Locksley, the Crimson Tide’s outgoing offensive coordinator, said Wednesday.
Still, Locksley hinted he has strongly considered Jones as a potential addition to the Big Ten program he has been tasked with rebuilding. And per sources, Jones has visited Maryland.
But as of last week, according to those familiar with the situation, there remained the possibility he could stay at Alabama if an on-field coaching opportunity with the Tide became available.
“Having a guy like Butch, if he were to come on board, or any of these guys that have head-coaching experience, I think when you’re bouncing around thoughts and bouncing around ideas, then it is good to have somebody who has had the opportunity to be in that position to help you make the right choices,” Locksley said.
After he was ousted at Tennessee last November, Jones resurfaced in Tuscaloosa during the spring as an analyst.
Since then, he has counseled Locksley and the two have developed a strong bond — even hanging with each other outside of work.
“Butch’s big-picture thoughts and how he sees things have been very good for me as a play-caller because it gives you another set of eyes much like when I was in an analyst role,” Lockley said, referring to the title he held at Alabama in 2016. “Our offensive staff is a real tight-knit group….And he’s been very helpful.”
Rainer Sabin is an Alabama beat writer for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @RainerSabin