Fired Tennessee football coach Butch Jones might be emerging in the SEC sooner than you thought.
The former Vols coach has been in talks with Alabama coach Nick Saban about a possible off-the-field role with the Crimson Tide, according to AL.com
Jones and Saban are talking about an offensive analyst position, the AL.com reported. The site also said Jones has visited Tuscaloosa and met with Saban.
Jones, 50, was fired by the Vols in November after five seasons as head coach. He previously was head coach at Cincinnati and at Central Michigan.
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Jones is being paid over $8 million in a buyout by Tennessee, according to reports.
Tennessee eventually hired former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to replace Jones after an extended search.