Some UGA coaching rumors won’t go away

John Chavis (LSU)

John Chavis (LSU)

Will John Chavis turn out to be Georgia’s next defensive coordinator after all? What about Kirby Smart, still any chance of that? Is Mark Richt really planning on getting his next DC from the NFL ranks?

Depends on which rumor you’re hearing, as the talk about who’ll replace Willie Martinez continues to generate conflicting stories. Are any of them based on real leaks of information out of Butts-Mehre in Athens? Or are they generated by agents looking to get their clients better deals from their current employers, or just sheer speculation? Only Mark Richt and Co. know for sure at this point.

It seemed a couple of days ago as if Chavis, the former Tennessee DC now running the defense for LSU, was off the board, after a Baton Rouge TV station quoted an LSU player as saying Chavis assured him at practice that he wasn’t going anywhere.

But ESPN.com’s Chris Low reports today: “In talking to several people close to the situation, Richt has serious interest in Chavis and is prepared to throw some serious money at the veteran defensive coordinator, who headed up Tennessee’s defense for 14 seasons prior to joining Les Miles’ staff at LSU for this past season.”

Low adds: ” LSU coach Les Miles has acknowledged that he’s aware that Georgia may have an interest in Chavis, whose salary was $450,000 this season. … The word out of Georgia, though, is that the Bulldogs may go to $600,000-plus annually and offer a three-year contract.”

Also, Gannett’s Bayou Bengals Blog reports that as of late Tuesday night, Chavis “had not completely ruled out a lucrative offer to be Georgia’s defensive coordinator after just one season with the Tigers.”

We may find out more later today when Chavis is scheduled to meet the media in Orlando as part of the Capital One Bowl coordinator’s news conference.

Low also notes that Richt has made a pitch to Alabama’s Kirby Smart (everything’s been very quiet on that front lately) and also mentions Todd Grantham of the Dallas Cowboys and Bob Sanders of the Buffalo Bills as “two NFL assistants to keep an eye on.”

The Bayou Bengals Blog noted that while Chavis may well have told LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard that he was staying at LSU, things could have changed since then. Richt may have upped his offer.

That is, of course, assuming there’s even been an offer. There’s been no confirmation either way.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach said on local radio and in an ESPN online chat: “I think Richt makes one more run at Kirby Smart. If Smart doesn’t take it, I think Dallas Cowboys DL coach Todd Grantham might be the front runner.”

Whether Chavis or Smart would consider a move to UGA is very much the subject of debate among college football observers. An NFL assistant might be more inclined to look on a coordinator’s job in the SEC as a step up.

What do you think? Feel free to offer your own speculation and rumors to the mix. …

221 comments Add your comment

Bhorsoft

December 30th, 2009
10:16 am

DAWG65

December 30th, 2009
10:16 am

Fair and Balanced

December 30th, 2009
10:18 am

First! What the heck is neat about being first? Anyway, rumors should not be treated with any serious respect. Not interested.

Bhorsoft

December 30th, 2009
10:19 am

Sorry DAWG65, as Maxwell Smart said, “Missed it by that much.”

First

December 30th, 2009
10:20 am

Quit using my name!

To Bryan Evans

December 30th, 2009
10:22 am

so glad youre gone. if not for “soft willie” you never would have played a snap.

Here we go again

December 30th, 2009
10:31 am

He certainly looks like an SEC man with that mustache.

Lake Dawg

December 30th, 2009
10:34 am

Either Smart or Chavis would be good hires. LSU had a very good defense this year and while at Tennessee Chavis always had a very good defense and won a National Title and sent several highly touted players to the NFL. He is a lot more polished than Smart, who I still have questions about because he is coaching Nick Saban’s defense and we all know who the real mind behind that defense is. But Smart is learning from the best and has shown that he can recruit the top players on defense.

Dawg Nation

December 30th, 2009
10:39 am

If no information has been leaked then what makes you think he is even a candidate. Once again, you guys have no idea. Enough with all the rumor stuff until their is some evidence of something please.

JB

December 30th, 2009
10:41 am

There was a real love hate relationship for Chavis while at Tennessee. I think he would be a step or two from willie, but he’s a little old school in his approach, defend rather than attack…….Tennessee fans said they gave up a lot of big plays ( ala Martinez) sitting back defending rather than attacking. I would like for some Vol fans to chime in here this AM to say what you think about Chavis in Red and Black.
I hope a Georgia fan next year has been in a coma for 2 years wakes up in bed during a ball game and hears on the Radio ” man, Chavis has got the Dawgs playing tough D today”. He’s think he was dead. LOL

11-2 GEORGIA TECH in ORANGE BOWL

December 30th, 2009
10:44 am

THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON,
……………………………………………
—————–ACC CHAMPS————-

La Jolla Dawg

December 30th, 2009
10:50 am

I think Chavis, like Foster and possibly Smart (though he has remained fairly quiet) is using UGA’s interest (real or not) as a way to get a raise. If I was the AD at LSU, I’d be ticked that a highly compensated DC in the first year of his contract was playing that game. I hate all of this because each time a candidate turns down, or it is perceived they have turned down, the UGA job we look bad. I wish the hire would be made already.

ChuyDawg

December 30th, 2009
10:51 am

This job search sounds like a Stimulus package now. Plenty of other coaches making money just for being rumored to be interested in the DC job at UGA. I wonder how many other coaches get a raise out of this whole circus.To my knowledge; so far Foster has, Vic K has, Chavis probably will get one now, Smart will definetly get one. Can anybody else name one?

123456789

December 30th, 2009
10:53 am

Just another case of the Lies & Corruption that CONTINUES to define UGA.

http://www.ajc.com/news/former-bulldog-s-lawsuit-261862.html

How ’bout them dawgs ??

I guess Bill King doesnt read too well.

UGA2009ACC CHAMPS

December 30th, 2009
10:53 am

30-24, 8 of 9 and it feels darn good. Time to bust off a
new 7 yr streak….

SuperB

December 30th, 2009
10:56 am

The smart money is on Kirby. Winning at title at Alabama is nice, but will never match winning one at your alma mater.

Haley Hutchinson

December 30th, 2009
10:58 am

You bloggers with so little to offer on the topic that you’re resorting to tired political rhetoric are lame.

Assessor of Morons

December 30th, 2009
10:58 am

It’s a real sign of a moron to holler “First!” As for Georgia, you see what our athletic defensive kids can do when they don’t get too much thrown at them. Don’t think … tackle somebody, dammit!

Spike

December 30th, 2009
11:01 am

Either one would be an upgrade from what we had. I will be glad when all this is over. UGA-30. ACC Champs-24.

James T. Kirk

December 30th, 2009
11:01 am

Keep crying puppy fans!! Keep thumping your chests over your squeaker of a win against the Hornfrogs who clearly did not want to be there. Continue being envious of our future Heisman winner Jason Nesbitt and our fabulous running halfback Rodney Jones. While I’m down here in sunny Miami soaking up some rays with my hot exotic female friends I have made, you all are just now probably getting off your night shift at the WaHo!!! So ha!!!

KJ

December 30th, 2009
11:02 am

Oh look, you can count to 9, I guess that makes you twice as smart as Reggie Ball.

There are no “lies” or “corruption” in that link, but nice try, the pathetic attempts to degrade UGA continue.

how2fish

December 30th, 2009
11:02 am

123456789…hey number boy what program you follow..so sick of you morons so scared to even use a name or state your team. Just another coward that comes on makes a BS statement and slinks back into the night..stay in the cellar ! And as I still have no “source” I still have no clue on who is in the running and who is not…and it looks like I’m in the majority at this point…I would love to know asap.

123456789

December 30th, 2009
11:02 am

Some UGA rumors of (continued acadmic and financial fraud & corruption)
just wont seem to go away.

How ’bout a few words from “Burger” King
about how the corrupt UGA-AA has screwed Decory Bryant.

Wonder just how well THAT is gonna play out on the recruiting trail.

takedowndawg

December 30th, 2009
11:04 am

Unfortunately, I don’t see Kirby Smart coming back at this time. Believe me, Alabama would match any price, at any time, to keep him. Any price! I have known alot of Bama supporters in my lifetime and note that WINNING IS EVERYTHING at Bama and is worth ANY price! You will see. I do think that the next DC for our DAWGS will come from the NFL and that is why the long wait in choosing one by Coach Richt.

how2fish

December 30th, 2009
11:04 am

123456789..moron looks like a court dismissed the case..how is that UGA’s fault?

MODAWG

December 30th, 2009
11:05 am

Richt is quiet..Give him that….CMR has been saying since about 2 wks ago that He did not expect the DC search to last much past the 1st week in Jan…….so his target or targets are playing in bowl games or He would have made the hire before now. He knows that to meet UGA expectations–he has to get a really good coordinator and one with proven track record is probably best….He knows that Evans is going to give him the bucks to make a run at the big guys or he would have hired someone by now. He has to hire someone that can work well with him and his philosophy for the program–so assume high moral standards. He must have feelers out there that say his targets are very much interested in talking with him after their bowl games…Would venture to say He probably has a ranked pool of 3 or 4 top candidates and my guess is Bud Foster was at the top of the list…so may have pool now of 3 top candidates….don’t think Koenning met the criteria or He would have been hired..could have been some dialogue there..but no offer….Richt has his eyes on some Big Bucks….and my guess is the he is going to reel one in over the next 10 days.

Bama 1

December 30th, 2009
11:07 am

Super B – If Kirby S wants to contend for titles, he’ll stay at Bama until he gets a HC offer. Winning a title at UGA is not gonna happen.

Stinger

December 30th, 2009
11:08 am

I like hairy men

Spike

December 30th, 2009
11:08 am

12356789… Hey number moron, calculate this poindexter.. 90 wins in nine seasons.

techdweeb

December 30th, 2009
11:09 am

Skydawg

December 30th, 2009
11:09 am

Most of the stuff that Low as reported as well as yourself is straight out of the Dawgvent. And even though there are some that say they are in the know, NO ONE is really in the know. This is all speculation and assumption and you know what happens when you ASSUME. It makes an A$$ out of U and ME.

Renegade#1

December 30th, 2009
11:09 am

At least we have Mark Richt making the hire instead of floundering Frankie Wren. Mark does have a clue Frank not so much

speaking of corruption

December 30th, 2009
11:11 am

Doesn’t the trade school still own the biggest academic scandal in ACC history? For their cheating during the years of 1998-2003?

how2fish

December 30th, 2009
11:11 am

I would think he has a college coach picked out who has still to play their bowl game..if it was a postion coach in the NFL even if they are going to the playoff’s I can’t see why he would wait to announce it or am I missing something?

Kirby Smart's the Guy

December 30th, 2009
11:12 am

Here’s the deal. Pollack says Smart WILL interview for the position. Smart has NEVER said he’s NOT coming to Georgia, only that he’s not “pursuing Georgia” and “not looking”. Richt feels like Smart will say yes after the Jan Bowl, but if Smart changes his mind, Richt needs some back up which is why Richt continues to talk with other coaches. A lot of names are going to come up who are not real candidates, like Koenning and Foster, just agents trying to get them more money.

Don’t trust ESPN anti-Georgia biased reporters, these are the same guys reporting Georgia would hire Koenning, and they have anti-journalistically minded reporter Kirk Hierbstreet, the guy who tried to steal the Natl Champ from Richt in 2007. David Pollack is VERY well connected to Georgia, Pollack leaked the story of Martinez staff firing days before it happened, Pollack says Smart will interview, and Pollack says Smart or Van Gorder will get the job. I say no way Richt hires Van Gorder, Richt’s not a 1 year commitment kind of guy.

Freshman Techster

December 30th, 2009
11:12 am

Should I have kissed a girl by now or is it socially acceptable that I’m 19 and still haven’t even smooched?

CPJ

December 30th, 2009
11:13 am

Adam James should come to Tech. Everybody’s out of the closet at Tech.

BobDog

December 30th, 2009
11:14 am

Hire a guy who quits LSU after one season for more money? He would do the same to us.

Kirby Smart will be a head coach somewhere very soon. Why hire someone who we will have to replace in a year or two?

I like the way Coach is keeping this so quiet. Driving many of you crazy, isn’t it? Whoever he has lined up is still coaching a team right now, assuming he even has somebody lined up. But, I’ll bet he does.

Native Atlantan

December 30th, 2009
11:14 am

It may be a better move for Kirby Smart to get away from Saban’s shadow. As long as a DC works for him, most people will give credit to Nick Saban for a good defensive team instead of the actual DC. Will Muschamp may be a good example. Once he went to Auburn, his recognition and stock went up pretty well….enough to get the DC job at Texas pretty quickly and now he will be the HC at one of the most prestigious jobs in the business when Mack Brown retires.

123456789

December 30th, 2009
11:14 am

how2fish:

you obvioulsy don’t know much about the law
and what is about to happen next.

GT alum '99

December 30th, 2009
11:15 am

Sure dawgies, I’m sure you’ll get a a top notch DC. That’s about as likely as me and my life partner having a 3way with Brad Pitt!!!!

Mike

December 30th, 2009
11:15 am

As far as Kirby Smart – please, no more Georgia homers. Georgia has one too many already. Especially after the Richt-Martinez disaster. As far as Chavis – Georgia had the opportunity to get him last year, but it took over 18 months for CMR to “get it”. Mike Bobo needs to spend 8-10 years honing his skills at Valdosta State or East Carolina before being an OC at a place like Georgia. Come on, the offensive game plan for the Independance Bowl was alsolutely horrible.

how2fish

December 30th, 2009
11:16 am

Bama 1…we get Kirby you guys will be shaking in your little booties..that being said I hope you destroy Texas. And the fact that no extension/raise for Smart has been announced it what is fueling a lot of this talk.

ARdawg

December 30th, 2009
11:16 am

Kirby Smart is out of the fray. He is unable to even discuss it and still go to Pasadena. For him The NC is priority. Tommy West, former Memphis coach should be thrown into the pile. He would be a good fit and is an excellent DC although he failed as a HC.

I like and respect Chavis but I don’t think he’s the man for UGA.

Denver Dog

December 30th, 2009
11:16 am

We will see won’t we. I really don’t think we have any idea, but I believe that CMR has a pretty good idea. Remember, he is hiring 3 coaches not just one. Go Dogs

niles

December 30th, 2009
11:17 am

I’m with BobDog, Kirby is looking to be a head coach within the next few years, there’s no way he’ll come to UGA. I talked to a guy last night who believes Richt will retire within the next couple of years and they could give Smart the ever so cool “coach in waiting” title.

I think he was nuts

Spike

December 30th, 2009
11:19 am

123456789.. His claim was dismissed by the trial court. He will appeal. He probably will not prevail. We will see. How is this lies and corruption? If this is all you have, then you don’t have much do you?

how2fish

December 30th, 2009
11:19 am

123456789 your right I’m not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV…so OH smart and exalted one..he who is so feared that his name can not be spoken out loud..please enlighten me and the rest of the Bull Dog Nation..as we are mere mortals without the “second sight” needed to pierce this veil.

Opinion

December 30th, 2009
11:21 am

funny that UGA’s only ranked team is Women’s Basketball……hahahahahahaha

funny that UGA’s only ranked team is Women’s Basketball……hahahahahahaha

funny that UGA’s only ranked team is Women’s Basketball……hahahahahahaha

funny that UGA’s only ranked team is Women’s Basketball……hahahahahahaha

funny that UGA’s only ranked team is Women’s Basketball……hahahahahahaha

Big time?? Not

December 30th, 2009
11:22 am

`123456 whatever

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