DALLAS (KAIT) - Butch Jones is wearing several hats at the start of 2021.
He’s assembling an Arkansas State coaching staff, putting together his first Red Wolves recruiting class, and finishing up his duties for #1 Alabama. Jones worked under Nick Saban for the last 3 seasons before being hired at A-State.
Butch was spotlighted by ESPN Monday in the College Football Playoff National Championship. The Crimson Tide beat Ohio State 52-24.
Jones was an offensive analyst in 2018 and 2019, his 2020 role is Special Assistant to the Head Coach. He was asked about juggling A-State and Alabama duties December 16th at his introductory Red Wolves press conference: “You know, my first obligation, first and foremost, is to Arkansas State. And I have to make sure that our program is ready to go. The dynamics of this year are completely different because of virtual recruiting. I’m planning on being part of the Playoff run. I also think I have an obligation to the players and coaches at Alabama, and they mean so much. It’s a balancing act. But first and foremost, I have to make sure as the caretaker of this program (Arkansas State), that everything is taken care of first.”
New A-State tight ends coach Andy Kwon was also on the Alabama staff for the CFP run.
The Crimson Tide captured their 18th national championship in program history, the 6th under Nick Saban.