Is Butch Jones to become Alabama's "Head Coach in Waiting"? Here's why It makes perfect sense...
We've seen the sad results when a highly successful head coach suddenly retires and their program is left in disarray. A good example is when "the old ball coach" abruptly gave it up at USCjr. I feel sure that Coach Saban would never do this to Alabama. When he finally retires (most likely in the next 2-3 years) I believe that he will turn it over to a coach on his staff at that time. Thus the current move to bring Butch Jones aboard. Why wouldn't Bama just go out and bring in Dabo or Jimbo or Kirby or even Jeremy. There's a couple of good reasons: None of these guys want the job. Plus they're all tied up for years. Hence "a head coach in waiting" is the perfect answer. But why Butch Jones you ask?
First of all CBJ checks all the boxes:
1. SEC coaching experience
2. Head coaching experience (3 schools)
3. An excellent recruiter
4. Reasonably Young
5. Most importantly "No Threat"
And what does "No Threat" mean. Let me explain. When the legendary Bud Wilkinson finally retired at Oklahoma, his hand picked successor was Asst. Coach Gomer Jones. Wilkinson's legacy was thus safe because CGJ was practically a sure bet to fail to come close to matching the stellar record of CBW. So it looks like Coach Butch Jones could very well be "Alabama's Head Coach in Waiting". Saban's legacy would be assured. You heard it here first!