Nick Saban and Alabama are coming off yet another national championship and, like every year, there’s turnover with the players and coaching staff.
One addition to Saban’s massive staff is fired former Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones, who was just run out of Knoxville after a pathetic showing by the Vols last season. Jones was widely mocked on social media as incompetent during his time as a head coach, which is why Saban referring to him as an ‘intern’ on the Tide staff during yesterday’s press conference is sure to draw some laughs.
Contrary to those hoping Saban was shaming Jones with the label, he explained it was mostly due to NCAA rules restrictions:
“He’s an intern, an analyst. I guess we could have several names for it. He can’t coach on the field. He can work with us off the field. And today was actually the first time he was cleared by the NCAA.
We have 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 that we’re recruiting and all that. You have to go through a process with the NCAA, and that finally got completed today.”
Even though being called an intern sounds bad, most Tennessee fans would probably argue Jones isn’t qualified after his head coaching tenure. Now go get Saban some coffee.