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.