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Nick Saban Refers to Ex-Tennessee Head Coach as 'Intern'

Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones, who recently joined the Alabama coaching staff as an offensive analyst, was referred to as an “intern” by Nick Saban after practice on Tuesday.

Talk about a fall from grace.

From running your own program in the country’s premier conference, to working for a former rival and not being allowed to be on the field during the game.

Here’s the full quote from Saban:

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.”

That has to be demoralizing for Jones, and I hope he hasn’t checked social media in past couple of days.

This is the first job Jones has had since Tennessee fired him in the middle of last season last year. The Vols finished 0-8 in the SEC for the first time in program history and also suffered the worst home loss in program history, a 41-0 drumming by the Georgia Bulldogs.

Jones went 34-27 in his five seasons as Tennessee’s coach, and previously was the head coach at Cincinnati (2010-12) and Central Michigan (2007-09).

At Tennessee, Jones was infamous for his catchphrases and clichés. Gems such as, “not five-star recruits, but ‘five-star hearts,’” and who could forget his “champions of life” speech?

Maybe with a successful football team, Jones can get one of these to stick. But right now he should be focused on getting Mr. Saban his coffee on time.

This article was originally published on @jdajani