The Tennessee Vols ended their search for an offensive coordinator on Tuesday night by swiping Jim Chaney from the Georgia Bulldogs.
Chaney served as Georgia’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons.
Immediately after the news broke, there were numerous Georgia fans that were actually happy that Chaney was leaving Athens. I’m not sure I understand why, considering under Chaney’s guidance the Bulldogs’ offense was among the top in the nation the past two seasons (which resulted in a SEC Championship, a trip to the college football playoff in 2017, and nearly another playoff appearance in 2018). But that just goes to show that some folks will never be happy with an offensive coordinator, regardless of how many points are being put on the scoreboard.
Some fans even went as far as suggesting that Chaney was told by Georgia head coach Kirby Smart to “look around” for a new job.
It appears, however, that Georgia tried to keep Chaney. He was making south of a $1 million a year as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator. According to John Brice, who used to cover the Vols for Rivals and 247Sports, Georgia was willing to go to nearly $1.5 million a year to retain Chaney.
Ultimately, Tennessee was willing to pay more money for the play caller.
Will be a three-year deal with escalators that will average the $1.6ish figure. Am told UGA had gone to nearly $1.5mil https://t.co/TDNWOgaX31
— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) January 9, 2019
VolQuest also reported on Tuesday night that Georgia offered Chaney a raise to stay, though they declined to name a figure.
Chaney’s desire to return to East Tennessee, combined with a substantial raise, was enough to bring the accomplished offensive coordinator back to Rocky Top, where he served as the play caller under Lane Kiffin (2009) and Derek Dooley (2010-2012).
By the way, the national media (for the most part) is a big fan of Tennessee’s hire.
Jim Chaney is a monster hire for Pruitt & Tennessee. Mixes the run game as well as anyone. Will help offset the OL issues. Subtracts from a team in division as well. Big win IMO.
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) January 9, 2019
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