FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A report came out about two weeks ago that Alabama offensive analyst Butch Jones accepted a job at Maryland, where UA offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is now the head coach. It was never confirmed nor denied by any parties involved.

So, on Wednesday, Locksley was asked whether Jones would in fact be joining him at the end of the season.

“I haven’t signed Butch up to a contact just yet,” Locksley said. “So tough question.”

Jones is in Miami with the Crimson Tide for the Orange Bowl.

This is Jones’ first season on Alabama’s staff. He was Tennessee’s head coach for five years before being fired in 2017. His resume does appeal to Locksley.

“Having guys like Butch — if he were to come on board — or any of these guys that have had head coaching experience, I think when you’re bouncing around thought, bouncing ideas, that it’s good to have somebody that’s had the opportunity to be in that position and to help you make the right choices,” Locksley said.