Georgia update: If Chavis was on the board, take him off

John Chavis felt the need to squash a rumor that he was coming to Athens.

LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis apparently heard rumors that he was a candidate at Georgia, so he stopped them.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as news, since LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis never really has been cast as a realistic candidate for the Georgia defensive coordinator’s opening. But for the record, he apparently is telling LSU players he is not interested.

Tigers linebacker Kelvin Sheppard told a Baton Rouge television station that Chavis pulled him to the side during practice and told him: “You knew if I was going anywhere, you’d [Sheppard] be the first person I’d tell.  I’m here with you all, I love it here, I’m not going anywhere.”

LSU is preparing for the Capital One Bowl against Penn State Friday. WBRZ in Baton Rouge reported that neither Chavis nor Les Miles were available for comment. Chavis in his first season at LSU after 20 years at Tennessee. He makes about $450,000 as LSU’s defensive coordinator.

There’s been no shortage of names that have floated around, including Bud Foster (who got a raise to stay at Virginia Tech) and Kirby Smart (who is expected to receive a significant raise to stay at Alabama). The Dogs also contacted Kansas State’s Vic Koenning before he left for Illinois, but it’s not believed they ever offered him the job.

If Georgia coach Mark Richt is getting closer to hiring a candidate, it’s only because he has been saying the process should be wrapped up by next week. That’s after the bowl games and the NFL regular season. I mention the NFL regular season because Buffalo defensive line coach Bob Sanders and Dallas defensive line coach Todd Grantham also have been mentioned as candidates.

321 comments Add your comment

beau vighn

December 29th, 2009
12:44 pm

First….Chavis is to fat to coach at Ugay

DRUNDAWGS

December 29th, 2009
12:44 pm

FIRST!! Don’t want Chavis anyway. He would probably eat his defense rather than coach them. Bring on Kirby Smart. Go DAWGS!!! GATA

kirby smart

December 29th, 2009
12:46 pm

first ill be there shortly goooo dogs!!!!

Otto

December 29th, 2009
12:50 pm

Chavis!? The same one that 3rd and Chavis is named for. Many LSU fans and Sports Writers claim that the LSU defense does not have intensity.

Chavis would not be a step up from Garner and 2 Grad. Assistants.

Ed-Milledgeville

December 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

Hell, hire the two grad assistants who coached against A&M last night! They held that much-praised Big-12 offense down.

Big Orange

December 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

Having watched Coach Chavis for those 20 years in Knoxville I will say he is a good coach and a good role model for young men, but his schemes will certainly make you want to pull your hair out. His units give up way too many third and longs. Not to mention he is less than enthusiastic about recruiting. Be glad he is happy in Baton Rouge.

mark

December 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

I’d wouldn’t mind Chavis. He’s much better than Martinez ever was… LSU’s defense got much better this year compared to last while UGA’s got worse. I don’t think he’ll leave Baton Rogue but we should have hired him once he was through at UT.

Clint

December 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

I’ll believe it’s not Kirby Smart when I hear it. Until then, I keep hearing that he has accepted the job and is just waiting until after the BCS Championship to announce it so he will not be a distraction to the Bama players.

PMC

December 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

Someone is hoping…. wishing for more dollars…or ho ho’s in his contract.

Daniel

December 29th, 2009
12:58 pm

I don’t think he was ever a candidate, but if he is, an anecdote of him telling a player something before a bowl game hardly qualifies as a reason to rule him not interested. What else are you going to tell your players? “Yeah, I may be interested, but that’s none of your damn business!” Doesn’t exactly ring with motivational rigor..

DawgTime

December 29th, 2009
12:59 pm

I don’t care who we get as long as he has a proven track record from whatever program he is coming from. Big names are overrated. I think an under-the-radar guy from either a smaller program, or even the NFL, would be ideal

Chavis

December 29th, 2009
1:00 pm

I like the LA food too much. I like to get it in my belly!

George G.

December 29th, 2009
1:00 pm

Neither Chavis nor Smart will be gracing the illustrious sidelines formerly occupied by Willie Martinez. It will be Diaz.

Jerry Glanville

December 29th, 2009
1:04 pm

Get ready to have some seats left for Elvis in Athens baby… I’ll be announced on Jan 2 as the new UGA DC.

RomeDawg

December 29th, 2009
1:08 pm

Why not give Garner a chance? Is there something about him I don’t know?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

December 29th, 2009
1:08 pm

They’d probably want to paint his a$$. I wouldn’t come either. Whoever it is will know they were third or fourth or fifth choice.

Bryan G.

December 29th, 2009
1:08 pm

I think they should hire Stinky Wintes. What say you, Jeff?

Jeff Schultz

December 29th, 2009
1:09 pm

Russ — Again with the paint? You have ticks or something?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

December 29th, 2009
1:09 pm

“If Georgia coach Mark Richt is getting closer to hiring a candidate, it’s only because he has been saying the process should be rapped up by next week.” Does this mean we’re gonna get a rapper? Could be good for recruiting but if they want to paint his a$$ watch out!

Jeff Schultz

December 29th, 2009
1:10 pm

RomeDawg — There’s a perception he’s a great recruiter but not D.C. material. Otherwise, I imagine he would have the job by now.

Jeff Schultz

December 29th, 2009
1:11 pm

Jerry Glanville — Hope you’re right. That should be an easy column for me.

me

December 29th, 2009
1:12 pm

Kirby Smart is the hire. Every one of the rumors has had its demise by intermediaries acting on behalf of the potential candidate. Not so with Smart. The silence is getting louder as Foster, Chavis, Koenning, etc. all drop out. “I’m happy at Bama” or whatever he said isn’t binding. If he wasn’t interested, he’d say “I’m going to be a Bama next year,” OR, we’d hear about a raise/extension of his contract.

Welcome to Athens Mr. Smart. If last night’s performance against the no. 5 offense is any indication, I think it’ll be an easy landing. Can we find another year of eligibility for Weston, Atkins, and Owens?

Lacey UnderVols

December 29th, 2009
1:12 pm

Everyone KNOWS that whoever gets offered the job will jump to take it. Foster? Liar. Never offered. If he had been, he’d have the job now.

Vickers

December 29th, 2009
1:13 pm

It’s looking more and more like an NFL position coach, unless, Kirby Smart surprises us.

quaildawg

December 29th, 2009
1:13 pm

Sounds more like Chavis is trying to get a raise. Don’t think UGA is really interested.
BTW-Are you serious with this information when a Coach tells a player “you will be the first I would tell” ??? SERIOUSLY. That’s almost as big a joke as this article.
Try harder Jeff!!!

Dawg Food

December 29th, 2009
1:13 pm

Why not David Pollack? He’s qualified, and he’s not doing much for the Bengals injured. He has the charisma and know-how, he’d be great!

Jeff Schultz

December 29th, 2009
1:13 pm

George G. — This is absolutely no knock on Manny Diaz. Fact is, I don’t know him well enough. I just want to see the reaction if/when Georgia hires a D.C. from Middle Tennessee State.

Phil

December 29th, 2009
1:14 pm

Kirby Smart is the best choice out there. Coaching at your Alma Mater means a lot, I think he could be persuaded no matter how happy he says he is at Alabama.

WonderDawg

December 29th, 2009
1:14 pm

Kirby said, “I’m not looking to go anywhere. We are very happy at Alabama.” Kirby Smart said those words. Fellow UGA fans, he ain’t coming to Athens.

Jeff Schultz

December 29th, 2009
1:15 pm

Beau Vighn — I wasn’t aware of the inseam requirement.

Cheeseburger &Fries..

December 29th, 2009
1:15 pm

Somebody correct me, Isn’t this the same Rodney Gardner that continues to lure top talent to UGA? Isn’t this the same Rodney Gardner that was suppose to be “sharing in the D.C. position, before it was completely handed to Willie? Hate to say it, probably will get critized bad for this comment, but these African- American coaches in the SEC consistantly make major contributions, but consistently get passed over for key position. Charlie Strong, Rodney Gardner, and Joker Phillips just to name a few(Although Phillips may finally get his chance this year if Brooks steps down) are excamples of racial injustice that goes on in the SEC. I wonder how good the SEC would be, if you took all these Black ball players out of the conference! Would ESPN, CBS,JEFFERSON PILOT, and ABC come and want to cover what would become a mediocre conference? Mark Richt, and other coaches know this, but refuse to see the truth and are constantly pressured by Alums to bring in the “high profile guy”. You ever wonder what would happen if Southern, Grambling, and historically “Black colleges” brought in there “high profile guy”. Maybe Bear Bryant needs to wake the South up again. Hey you’d listen then, after all it was Bear, and Sam Cunningham, and that Black QB from USC had nothing to do with it!

UGA_2001

December 29th, 2009
1:15 pm

“Wrapped”, not “rapped” in this case.

WonderDawg

December 29th, 2009
1:16 pm

Right, Jeff. I mean, the Diaz defenses at MTS were worse statistically than ours the last couple of years…

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

December 29th, 2009
1:16 pm

How about Mangino? That’s going to take a lot of paint.

Denver Dog

December 29th, 2009
1:17 pm

Apparently you media types want to float the names of anyone that is coaching defense. The only one that we know of that has had any discussion at all with Richt is Bud Foster. That is only becuase he says he talked with “Mark” twice. I’m still wondering about the Garner deal myself and maybe he doesn’t want to do it.. Whoever it is though, he better be expecting to have his team play twice as many plays as anywhere else, becuase that seems to be the norm with the Bobo offense. Whoever it is, I just want to see someone put up 60 minutes of hell for the other team. I want the other team to know that they will be hit, hit hard, and hit often. With discipline. Unlike the wonderful AJC staff, I think that Richt is making his choice from several candidates, and not visa versa. My guess is that it is not just a coordinator that he is looking to bring in, it is a defense. So think about that one too! By the way, lets here it for the Ray Goff coaching tree. Muschamp, Smart, Travis Jones, probablly more, but I would have to look it up and I don’t care to do that.

Gerry

December 29th, 2009
1:17 pm

Why would he want to leave LSU for Ga no at least we know
what NC feels like

Stupid dawgs

December 29th, 2009
1:17 pm

Smart isn’t leaving a top 10 program for years to come to the same position at ugag. He’s home in alabama where he was born. You dawg fans are dreaming idiots.

Vickers

December 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

Jeff, any insight on who might be a good hire from the NFL?

Cheeseburger &Fries..

December 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

Please forgive me if a word or two was mispelled!

"Chef" Tim Dix

December 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

You heard it here first, I’m staying put without a pay raise.

Mark Olsen

December 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

I think Chavis would be a great hire. And I am by no means ruling anyone out until they state pubicly that they are not taking the job.

Phil

December 29th, 2009
1:19 pm

WonderDawg,
Nick Saban also said “I’m not going to Alabama, I’m the coach of the Miami Dolphins”. Coaches say that crap line all the time. Then next thing you know they are out the door. Don’t be shocked if Kirby is just using the company line right now.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

December 29th, 2009
1:19 pm

Can you fly with a painted a$$? We should ask TSA. I was never so humiliated when they took me into that electrical closet and pulled out the paint. If they do get Mangino I’d like to buy some stock in Krylon. Imagine how much paint that’s going to take! And why does my a$$ have to be white?

CamdenMom

December 29th, 2009
1:21 pm

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Mark Olsen

December 29th, 2009
1:21 pm

And cheeseburger, do you really think Mark Richt is racist? Or maybe it’s UGA’s AD….oh wait he’s black.

Vickers

December 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

Phil, you are right. Smart was giving the standard disclaimer answer. What else could he say? I still think he is a slim possibility but he didn’t slam the door.

Jesse Jackson

December 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

Yeah, it’s racism, Cheeseberger! Let’s get Rev Al and go march!!!

"Chef" Tim Dix

December 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

Phil: You hit the nail on the head.

BTW, Sabin’s on most no-fly lists due to off the charts evilness.

Denver Dog

December 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

I hear that Dicky Clark is available again.

Cheeseburger &Fries..

December 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

A GREAT HIRE from the NFL would be Frank Bush, Houston Texans DC, Athens Born, former stand out ACC player, and under 50.