TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts to the officials during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones in talks to join national championship contender


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Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones is reportedly in talks to join Alabama's staff as an offensive analyst in an off-the-field role, according to Matt Zenitz of AL.com.

Jones has already met with Tide head coach Nick Saban and was recently in Tuscaloosa to discuss a potential job, according to the report.

The former UT head coach has previously worked as an offensive coordinator, running backs coach, wide receivers coach and tight ends coach during his career.

Jones went 34-27 (14-24 SEC) during five seasons in Knoxville and led Tennessee to its worst single-season record in program history (4-6) before being fired in 2017. He owns an 84-54 overall career record with previous head coaching stints at Central Michigan (2007-09) and Cincinnati (2010-12).

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Saban has previously hired several other former head coaches seeking career turnarounds in the past including current FAU coach Lane Kiffin following his firing at USC, current Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator who had previously resigned at USC due to alcoholism and current offensive coordinator Mike Locksley after going 1-5 as Maryland's interim coach.