Former Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has joined the Alabama Crimson Tide coaching staff, continuing the trend of former head coaches joining Nick Saban in an effort to rejuvenate their careers.
But while he is attempting to get back into coaching, Butch Jones has taken a serious pay cut.
While coaching the Vols, Jones was pulling in a salary of $4 million a year. At Alabama, Jones will be making just $35,000, according to a records release obtained by Knoxville News.
Jones’ official title is “intern” or “analyst,” depending on who you ask.
The good news for Jones, however, is that he is still owed $8.26 million by Tennessee because of his buyout.
Tennessee owed Jones an $8.26 million buyout when it fired him on Nov. 12. The buyout is due in monthly installments throughout the duration of his contract, which was set to expire on Feb. 28, 2021. His Tennessee contract required him to try to find a new job to mitigate the buyout. Jones’ salary at Alabama will be a drop in the bucket, but it fulfills his contractual duty.
Jones will not have an on-field role with the program.
When he was coaching the Vols, Jones had an overall record of 34-27 in five seasons.