Doesn’t anybody want to be Georgia’s defensive coordinator? (UPDATED)

Excuse Mark Richt if he's wondering what's going on.

Excuse Mark Richt if he's wondering what's going on.

(UPDATE BELOW)

At some point, Mark Richt will hire somebody as Georgia’s new defensive coordinator and he will assure the entire Bulldog Nation that he got the man he wanted all along, because that’s the way these things are done.

But it can’t be too comforting for Richt to know that all he really has accomplished so far is to get significant raises for coaches on other teams.

First, Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster turned down the job. As a reward, he was given an annuity worth up to $1 million. Now, it’s pretty apparent LSU’s John Chavis was offered the offered the job and turned it down because athletic director Joe Alleva said, “We did what we needed to do to keep him.”

That meant a significant raise: from $450,000 a year to a reported $600,000. And Chavis has been at LSU for only one season.

There is no telling where Richt turns now.  Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham, who coached under Foster at Virginia Tech, remains a possibility. But Grantham, who also coached for three years at Michigan State, has been in the NFL since 1999 and it’s not known if he would want to come back to college. His only tenure as a coordinator came with the Cleveland Browns (2005-07) and had mixed results.

Regardless, it’s never a good sign when a program is turned down multiple times by job candidates, and Richt doesn’t seem any closer to hiring a defensive coordinator today than he was when he fired Willie Martinez.

(UPDATE: I thought you folks would chuckle at this. LSU put out a press release on Chavis but never referred to Georgia, only an unspecified SEC school. So Vanderbilt offered him a job?)

LSU SPORTS INFORMATION
For Immediate Release                                                                                  December 31, 2009

CHAVIS TO REMAIN AT LSU

BATON ROUGE – John Chavis, who was pursued by another school in the Southeastern Conference, will remain at LSU as the defensive coordinator, head coach Les Miles announced on Thursday.

“John has done a great job and he’s a key member of this staff,” Miles said. “John is a man of great character and a tremendous football coach. We’re glad he’s staying.”

In his first year with the Tigers, Chavis coached an LSU defense that rated No. 3 in the SEC and No. 12 in the nation in scoring at 16.0 points per game. The Tigers have allowed just six rushing touchdowns all season, the second-lowest total in college football this year.

“I’m staying at LSU and I’m excited about remaining here,” Chavis said. “LSU is a great place. This is an outstanding football program and I’m happy and honored to be a part of it.”

Chavis joined LSU last January after spending the 14 years as the defensive coordinator at Tennessee.

“We think John Chavis is one of the best defensive coordinators in the country,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “We felt like it’s important for the future of the program that we make this investment.”

Chavis will receive an increase in compensation, which will be announced at a future date.

935 comments Add your comment

tp

December 31st, 2009
3:26 pm

They already have someone

sgdawg

December 31st, 2009
3:35 pm

I agree with you tp!

really jeff

December 31st, 2009
3:37 pm

Your “leads” crack me up . . . doesn’t anyone want to be UGA’s DC? For the record, Foster was not offered the job according to this rag you work for. Looks like Chavis was offered the job. So, you’re batting .500 which would be good in baseball but sucks when it comes to journalism.

SD Dawg

December 31st, 2009
3:38 pm

This is what happens when you seek highly qualified candidates that already have jobs at great programs. The UGA job is not less than LSU, but it’s not better than it either. Made no sense to be talking to Chavis unless it was known that he wanted to leave. I would say the same thing for Smart as well.

I just don’t think the turn downs are that big of a deal. Now, if we were going after Tech’s DC and he was turning us down, I would be worried. :-)

south

December 31st, 2009
3:38 pm

Give me a break Jeff. You’re talking about 2 coaches who would be making lateral moves to come to GA, so money would be the only incentive for them and their current employers steped up to the plate.

I would expect Smart to get a significant raise as well, or expect to see him in Athens.

SHORT BUS

December 31st, 2009
3:39 pm

Why would anyone want to be DC at UGA?

randy

December 31st, 2009
3:40 pm

what is it shultz you want print my comments! truth hurts!

No one wants to be Meyer's DC

December 31st, 2009
3:42 pm

I guess, thinking like that, no one wants to be Meyer’s DC since he hasn’t announced his yet either. Good common sense there guys.

Can’t Meyer get ANYBODY to be his DC?

really jeff

December 31st, 2009
3:42 pm

hey short bus, unless you ride in one daily your humor lacks taste . . . to answer your questions, big $$$$, top ten program more often than not under current head coach, campus full of babes, and, you get to beat the hell out of the techmites every year and laugh about it. Oh yeah, every three or four years you win an SEC title . . .

UGA75

December 31st, 2009
3:43 pm

I don’t know the coach’s name but the DC at Utah should be getting some serious looks. He doesn’t have half the talent of UGA and managed a top 20 defense against all those high scoring offenses. It doesn’t do our ego any good to be turned down by so many DC’s but most of the time these things work out for the best.

SD Dawg

December 31st, 2009
3:46 pm

Short Bus: contrary to your jaded (most likely Tech) view of UGA, UGA is pretty sweet job in a very cool town with a program that is (not even arguable) one of the best 10 to 15 in college. Now, I can see why Foster and Chavis wouldn’t want to make moves to be there. I promise there are dozen others that are qualified and would jump at the chance.

How many people did Alabama talk to and get turned down by before they got Saban? We’ll be fine.

Kirby Smart's the Guy

December 31st, 2009
3:47 pm

Hang loose people, Richt will tell you in 9 more days who his new DC is, right after the NC game. Kirby has to finish something up first, then he’s coming back home to Georgia.

really jeff

December 31st, 2009
3:47 pm

This lead Jeff, is as obvious as your last “Why not Garner” (in a post where you later acknolwedged you knew he was not a candidate. Both “leads” were meant to frustrate, and, to start something potentially controversial. As a loyal techmite, I understand this one. However, as illustrated in the posts follwoing your Garner lead, the other generated a rather hateful board full of racial accusations.

Kirby Smart's the Guy

December 31st, 2009
3:48 pm

Richt already said on record, he did NOT offer Foster the job.

SD Dawg

December 31st, 2009
3:50 pm

UGA 75- Right on. Ego hurts a bit, but in the long run, we’ll get a talented person to run the defense. I think most would have been happy if Chavis (or Foster) had taken it. I would have. But honestly, is Chavis really the best out there? Probably not.

We’ll end up hiring a relative unknown and then people will really start to freak. Patience. BVG was an unknown.

tifton dawg

December 31st, 2009
3:50 pm

I disagree Jeff. The fact that Richt is going after Bud Foster and Chavis tells me that we are willing to go after the very best. So they turned us down, atleast we took the shot. This title is rediculous, just another column with a hidden agenda to put down UGA. I know its New Years Eve but come on man, you could do better than this.

Ginger

December 31st, 2009
3:52 pm

Very frustrated…Seems UGA was not offering enough money to reel in Foster or Chavis…..800 K to 1 million per yr should be our offer to a top DC…..less money if good DC–600 K and for new DC 325K per yr…………….For these top guys….their present school is not going to roll over and say ok–go ahead and hire our top level DC…of course they will offer raise and you know darn well if the raise offer and our offer are close…they are going to stay unless they hate it at their school. …Foster has chance to be HC at Va Tech when Beamer retires so it would take 1 million yr money……Chavis has experience and has a NC so…maybe would have taken 800 K….but you have to expect the present school to raise…..so UGA has to be willing to out bid……..And we look really bad when we get turned down twice……it is bull to stay the job was not offered—it was understood in the talking…i or the other school would not be giving out raises…………….So to Pres. Adams and AD Evans to you want to win and are you willing to do what it takes to get the best DC in the country.

Gerry

December 31st, 2009
3:53 pm

Kirby Smart is not coming to Georgia people so stop saying it.

Big Black Man

December 31st, 2009
3:53 pm

Great headline. Here’s another one: Doesn’t the AJC want any real sportswriters?

First posts need an *

December 31st, 2009
3:53 pm

I think going forward, all first posts should have an asterisk, unless it can be proven the poster did not use any PEAP-Performance Enhancing @ss Paint.

"The News From Lake Doggebone."

December 31st, 2009
3:54 pm

Ellis Johnson ,John Chavis ,Kirby Smart,Bud Foster,Todd Grantham,and the DC from Kansas State,it looks lime CMR has been turned down more times than a techie looking for a date to the junior prom.

Ginger

December 31st, 2009
3:54 pm

And think about this….why does Florida have such a great program in football and basketball….they do what it takes to hired the top talent in coaching for one thing…you get what you pay for.

PMC

December 31st, 2009
3:55 pm

They have a company that is talking to agents, the only reason we hear about anyone is because someone saw someone somewhere or there is some kind of rumor. Most of the time those rumors are started by the coach or the agent because if the AD’s of that said school here’s about it and hears a figure… they are either going to step up within reason or they are going to say no in which case that coach can then let the people offering the job know that he’s either interested or would prefer to stay there. This is all about posturing. Chavis got a 150,000 dollar raise this year was LSU really THAT impressive? No. No they weren’t, but LSU had to protect thier guy as did VA Tech for that valuable continuity. It’s all about holding the payee’s feet to the fire.

2HLLWGA

December 31st, 2009
3:57 pm

Jeff, I agree with you – no one that UGA is currently going after would really want this job. If you look at the way the fans treat the coaches – in just one down year – is pathetic.

I personally do not want to see UGA succeed, but if I were in Richt’s position (besides killing myself), I would look for someone who has proven themselves (to a degree), but not necessarily at an SEC team. As a back-of-the-envelope exercise, I would start with the defensive coordinators at these teams, in this order:
1) Air Force
2) Central michigan
3) Boise State
4) Rutgers

It doesn’t take rocket science to come up with a list like this, and I really have not looked at the DC’s at each of these teams, so one of these could already have been taken.

UGA is not the prettiest girl in the room, contrary to popular belief. UGA needs to find someone who has somewhat a proven track record and is going to find UGA attractive. The current list of suitors does not and would not find UGA attractive.

For that matter, maybe GT might want to look at one of these as well, but I don’t think GT needs to be looking for one just yet.

SavannahDawg

December 31st, 2009
3:57 pm

I like laughing at your columns Jeff, but you are really reaching here. There are several SEC schools looking for DC’s; Joe Kines just retired from A & M after the bowl; lots of schools are looking for DC’s. I don’t think the fact that several coaches are getting raises because we looked at them means the sky is falling. Hell, we give Garner a raise everytime someone comes looking at him! Let Coach Richt handle it, that is why he makes the big bucks!

PMC

December 31st, 2009
3:58 pm

The money involved is why I could give a flying flip about coaches being fired. Once you become a coordinator in major college football you are making CRAZY money. If you can’t live for several months while you search for a job on a 400K – 600K a year salary you’re living far beyond your pay grade. These guys get more than enough time to iron out issues. If they can’t do it they can’t do it.

jesse james

December 31st, 2009
3:58 pm

Why is everyone so concerned with UGA DC? I have never seen so much bull crap about people saying who is it going to be, why won’t anybody take it, does anybody want to be it. I can tell you the Dawgs will be fine whoever it is. I have never seen so much panic about a situation like this. Alot are bandwagon jumpers that don’t know anything about the program. There are plenty of coaches out there that would like to come to UGA and they will get a good one. So sit back and enjoy the New Year! Everything will be fine.

moorman

December 31st, 2009
3:58 pm

Richt may have to find a unknown. the elite names are all tied up.

GREGNORTON

December 31st, 2009
3:58 pm

I’m available. I’m a great baseball player as well.

browndog

December 31st, 2009
3:59 pm

UGA will be just fine. CMR will get someone who fits his system and wants to be at UGA. If it is only about the money then the new DC would not be there long anyway.

RxDawg

December 31st, 2009
3:59 pm

I’ll do it!

Ginger

December 31st, 2009
3:59 pm

We need to get a DC hired…recruiting is important….Good ole Lane Kiffin will be saying to the recruits….look at UGA….the administration is not willing to do what it takes to win….Then he will say to the recruits—here is what happened with Foster and with Chavis…Don’t consider Ga or you will end up at a place where the administration is not supportive….come to Tenn…Tenn has been willing to support us….they paid my dad over 1 million to be DC….they have never turned me down for anything that I have asked for…………………UGA just looks bad when turned down by 2 folks–Chavis and Foster….

Jim

December 31st, 2009
3:59 pm

Hey Jeff try these for a couple of blog subjects:
1. Do you think CWM could have been a good DC if CMR had demoted Willie and brought in a seasoned DC to mentor him for a few years?
2. Do you think CMR was given no choice in firing CWM or replacing him with CRG.

really jeff

December 31st, 2009
3:59 pm

You made me laugh, loudly, big black man . . .

I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

lanier

December 31st, 2009
4:00 pm

cool your jets Jeff or you’re gonna be eatin lots of crow

GreggJ

December 31st, 2009
4:01 pm

Richt is going after the best that already at good programs- will be hard to get them- I say pay Smart 900,000

Procrastinator

December 31st, 2009
4:04 pm

Why would anyone want to be a DC at a school where the mascot (dead or alive) has a higher IQ than 99% of the fans?

pretty girl from Tech

December 31st, 2009
4:07 pm

just kidding . . . we know what the girls at tech look like

T-MAN

December 31st, 2009
4:08 pm

Jeff this is too easy,just put the ball on the tee and let all the Tech fans take a swing…First post is one of the funniest I’ve seen.Happy New to All…and good luck Ga fans,she may not be the girl I wanted but at least she didn’t run.

DTC

December 31st, 2009
4:19 pm

As I have said several times lately. Schultz, you have taken Terence Moore’s role as the most stupid writer on the AJC. I am most proud of the fact that you are not the one making the choice. You would probably choose the one from the Romania Rustlers.
CMR stated from the beginning that it would most likely be January before he announced anyone as the DC. You act like Saint Simon. Is that your secret handle for the AJC website?

F-105 Thunderchief

December 31st, 2009
4:21 pm

Rodney Garner will be named defensive coordinator.

Saint Simon

December 31st, 2009
4:25 pm

you’ve figured me out DTC . . . now, please help me figure out how to explain the gnats season should they lose to, who are they playing, oh yeah, Iowa. That means they’d have only beaten one quality team and I don’t think I could admit that . . . maybe I should call Terence Moore, he’ll know what to do . . . wait, he’s too busy consoling Tiger . . . I’ll call sportsbra himself . . . he can say something cool about winning that I can put on the front page!!!!!!!!!

pilgrim

December 31st, 2009
4:25 pm

The point of Jeff’s post is that the hire should not look like Richt’s second choice. As more time passes, however, Richt is looking more and more like potential candidate’s second choice.

Unbiased Opinion

December 31st, 2009
4:28 pm

If there was anything other than these boring bowl games going on right now perhaps you would not feel the need to write 3 stories a day about the same topic. You go from the Garner blog to this one in less than 24 hours. You are like a 5 year old on a long drive, ” are we there yet, are we there yet”. Richt said it will happen after the NC game, so chill out for chrissakes.

Obviously Richt is somewhat hamstrung by the timing of the bowls and NFL playoffs, but that should be encouraging that his targets are still coaching this time of year. If Smart or somebody else still playing were not the target but it was still a big name, then he would do Georgia a favor by naming him now, while the countries attention is still on college football. After the NC game the announcement will have less impact, perhaps that is Richts plan. If the hire is not a big name why put it out there when every major network is looking for college football news to report. Slip it in when college football is down for a long winters nap.

Either way, its ridiculous to speculate and say he is failing miserably in his search when he has already told you no announcement is forthcoming for days. And no its not a loss if he gets turned down by DC’s at other top notch schools when the money is equal. GA is a good job, but so is LSU, Bama and most SEC jobs.

Saint Simon

December 31st, 2009
4:28 pm

The point of my post is to show my loyalty to Coach Sportsbra and his mighty gnats

Thrilla from Camilla

December 31st, 2009
4:29 pm

If they already have someon why do rumors keep swirling from these so-called candidates?

Thrilla from Camilla

December 31st, 2009
4:29 pm

Enter your comments here

CoastDog

December 31st, 2009
4:32 pm

You need better writers for your cynical program. I don’t care if you like Georgia or not but I don’t understand why you are so biased. Did UGa bite you one time?

Denver Dog

December 31st, 2009
4:32 pm

As I have said since the first week in December, we will see him, we will like him, and the other coaches that have to be hired also. Nice job jabbing techies, we still own your tail.

Unbiased Opinion

December 31st, 2009
4:32 pm

Thrilla, the rumors keep circulating because these writers have no real info to report, so if some guy in the airport says the rumor, it shows up on 50 blogs and all over the “news”, the DC involved then has to answer the question at press conferences and the vicous cycle continues. Everybody just chill, the announcement will not come before Jan 8 so everything said on these blogs is wasted air until then. If the hire is terrible, then RIcht will have to answer for it.