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Report: LSU’s Chavis Turns Down $1 Million Offer From UT

Apparently LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis believes the old phrase: “You can’t go home again.”  According to the Twitter feed of Knoxville radio host Jimmy Hyams, Chavis had the chance to return to his Tennessee roots but he turned it down.

Along with more than a million bucks:


“UT offered LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis the DC job at over $1 million a year.  He declined.  Chavis coached at UT from 1989-2008.”


Chavis also played at Tennessee. 

But it’s well known the man running LSU’s tough-as-nails defense wasn’t thrilled with the way he and his old boss, Phillip Fulmer, were sent packing following their second losing season in four back in ’08.  The odds of him leaving a well-stocked, championship caliber program in a talent-rich state for a tougher job with a coach on the hot seat at a place that allowed Lane Kiffin to fire him after a 60-second meeting were mighty, mighty long.  Probably too long for Derek Dooley to have even given this one a shot. 

But many in the Volunteer fanbase will likely approve of the attempt to bring the man called Chief back to his old home.

And many more in Louisiana will be glad to know that his blood now runs purple and gold, not orange.

As for Tennessee, it’s been rumored that Dooley had also targeted Clemson’s Kevin Steele, but last night’s 70-33 shellacking at the hands of West Virginia might have cooled that talk.  The Vols are looking to replace Justin Wilcox who left to become the defensive coordinator at Washington.

 


14 comments
spentecost
spentecost

With the pathetic rudderless UT program how can anyone with self-respect and respect for a colleague ( Coach Fulmer ) return to such a gutless environment. How in the world the wealthy alumni tolerate the AD and Chancellor and their "shoot themselves in the foot "behavior is mind-boggling. When a former player-coach turns down that much bread to "go home again" , that pretty much says it all. Coach Summit is the only class act remaining at UT, and will be for the for the near future. Sigh.

tgrfan42069
tgrfan42069

please please please take steel from clemson..signed clemson fan

MiloMoon
MiloMoon

It was good that UT made the offer. It had to be done to appease the inmates (delusional fans) that are trying to run the program. It also shows that UT is willing to pay for top level defensive talent. That might get a little bit of attention from some people that might not have been willing to listen before. As for the Clemson last night, that has little to do with the defense. The offense turned it over three times in a row. That fumble return for TD broke the team. By the time that Clemson got over the shock, they were down 2-3 TD's.

oreo
oreo

So much for that vol for life bullsh#t.

the truth
the truth

Up here in the Hills we don't believe anything that Jimmy Hyams reports --- so don't get too excited with this. Cutcliff was going to be hired as head coach ( he wasn't ) the Vols on good authority were not wearing black jerseys for Holloween ( they did ) . We typically believe opposite anything that Hyams reports. Chavis' agent might have been asked if there was any interest but if you think that an offer was extended - then you along with Hyams would be wrong.

PrincetonBardwell
PrincetonBardwell

man got a gold mine at LSU. nothing but stud db, dl, etc.

tiger fans think he is god.

got more talent to work with than carter got liver pills

John Bragg
John Bragg

Isn't it almost insulting to offer the LSU DC the Tennessee DC job? Shouldn't he be looking at head coaching jobs?

--John Bragg

John Bragg
John Bragg

@oreo He was the DC at UT for 13-14 years. He was about to be run out of town when he got a better job. Now UT offers him the same job? Call back when your head coaching job is open.

That's how I see it. I don't see a lot of others seeing it this way, so I could easily be wrong. But I don't know why.

Ron2001
Ron2001

You obviously don't know much about John Chavis.

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