Mike Locksley is having trouble assembling a staff at Maryland early in his tenure.
First, Locksley had hired Alabama co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis to become the Terrapins offensive coordinator for the 2019 season. The two worked together with the Crimson Tide and Gattis initially agreed to take the position.
A few hours after agreeing to the position at Maryland, Gattis received a phone call from Jim Harbaugh, asking if he’d like to take over offensive play-calling duties for the Wolverines. Gattis jumped at the chance and agreed to become Michigan’s offensive coordinator.
Now, FootballScoop is reporting that Butch Jones, who was also expected to join Locksley in College Park, is planning to stay in Tuscaloosa.
Reports first tied Jones with the job in Maryland in December, but there was no deal officially in place. Jones would’ve reportedly had a role with the offense while serving as an assistant head coach.
Per the report from FootballScoop, Jones is staying with Saban, likely because of the high coaching turnover the Crimson Tide experienced this offseason. Whether or not that includes a promotion for the former Tennessee head coach is currently unknown.
Jones served in an analyst role for Alabama in 2018.
Maryland also received more bad news on Wednesday, as former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts announced that he was headed to Oklahoma to complete his college career. He was heavily considering reuniting with Locksley in College Park.