After a search that spanned over a month, the Tennessee Vols finally have a new offensive coordinator.
Go Vols 247 reported on Tuesday night that Jim Chaney is leaving Georgia to take the same position with the Vols, where he coached from 2009-2012.
— GoVols247 (@GoVols247) January 9, 2019
Chaney wasn’t retained by Butch Jones in 2012. He spent time as Arkansas and Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator before landing with Georgia in 2016. In addition to serving as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator, Chaney coached quarterbacks in 2016 and 2017. He moved to tight ends in 2018.
It’s unclear if Chaney will coach quarterbacks at Tennessee, but it would make sense considering Tyson Helton served as both during the 2018 season.
With Chaney calling plays, Georgia averaged 35 points per game in 2017 and 38 points per game in 2018.
This is an absolutely huge hire for the Volunteers. The fact that Pruitt, after a lengthy search, was able to poach an offensive coordinator from a school that made the College Football Playoff last season and nearly reached it again in 2018 is a great sign for the future of Tennessee’s program.
Something else to keep in mind — the Vols’ search for an offensive coordinator ended on Tuesday night, but Georgia’s just started.
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