LSU’s Chavis sidesteps talk of UGA job

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LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis left speculation swirling Wednesday that he was considering the same job at Georgia.

He was asked twice about the issue at a Capital One Bowl news conference in Orlando -– and twice answered without distancing himself from the UGA job.

The first time, he said:  “Well, we’re excited about what we’re doing at LSU, and my focus has been on LSU and will continue to be on  LSU. We have an opportunity to win 10 ballgames, and certainly that is what we want to do. We’ve got an opportunity to be the third team in the SEC to win 100 ballgames in a decade, and certainly that is what we want to do. So that is where our focus is going to be.  I’ll talk as long as you want to about LSU and about our players. Be happy to do that.”

In other words: a protracted no-comment about the Georgia job.

Later in the news conference, asked pointedly if he would still be at LSU next season, Chavis replied: “Like I said earlier, I’ll be happy to talk about our players, about this bowl game. Beyond that, I really want to leave it like it is.”

An LSU athletic department official told Gannett Louisiana Newspapers Wednesday afternoon that LSU was trying to match a Georgia offer to Chavis.

On Tuesday in Orlando, LSU head coach Les Miles acknowledged Georgia’s interest in Chavis, who is completing his first season as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator after  20 years on the Tennessee staff.

“We have not discussed Georgia in any way, [but] certainly there is word out that Georgia has interest,” Miles said Tuesday.   “I have not heard from Georgia. I don’t really want to talk about that. . . . It’s a distraction to a game.”

LSU plays Penn State in the Capital One Bowl on Friday.

Georgia coach Mark Richt has been seeking a new defensive coordinator since the Dec. 2 firing of Willie Martinez.  UGA associate athletics director Claude Felton said Wednesday that Richt, consistent with his policy throughout the process, would have no comment on any potential candidate.

Chavis made $450,000 plus bonuses at LSU this season. Indications have been that Georgia would be willing to go higher than that and offer a multi-year contract to the right candidate.

Chavis, 53, a South Carolina native, coached at Tennessee from 1989 through 2008, serving as defensive coordinator his final 14 years in Knoxville. The Vols ranked among the SEC’s top four teams in total defense in 10 of Chavis’ 14 years as coordinator.

In Chavis’ first season at LSU, the Tigers’ defense improved dramatically, ranking third in the SEC and 12th nationally in scoring defense (16 points allowed per game).

Another veteran defensive coordinator, Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster, considered the Georgia job earlier this month but declined UGA’s offer after receiving a sweetened deal to stay with the Hokies. Georgia also discussed the job with former Clemson defensive coordinator (and former Kansas State co-defensive coordinator)  Vic Koenning, who recently was named DC at Illinois.

Georgia also has two other openings on its defensive staff, but Richt has said the first priority is to hire a coordinator, who then will have considerable input into filling the other positions.

169 comments Add your comment

Holy Crap

December 30th, 2009
4:12 pm

I’m FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

scdawg

December 30th, 2009
4:26 pm

Why didn’t we get him last year??????

Washaun Ealy & Caleb King

December 30th, 2009
4:27 pm

Dear John Swofford & the Pathetic Coast Conference:

“Is that the best you’ve got?”

[...] conference about his interest in the Georgia defensive coordinator job, Chavis said: “Well, we’re excited about what we’re doing at LSU, and my focus has been on LSU and will continue to be at LSU.  We have an opportunity to win 10 [...]

Go Dawgs!!!!

December 30th, 2009
4:37 pm

30-24!!!
30-24!!!
30-24!!!
30-24!!!
8 out of 9!!!

Rick

December 30th, 2009
4:38 pm

JOHN Chavis… NOT HAPPENING!!!

NOT A FIT AND WRONG TIMING.

Dawg in Grovetown

December 30th, 2009
4:40 pm

Hmmmm, sounds like we have an interested candidate! I think he’d be a good choice.

Mike Leach

December 30th, 2009
4:42 pm

EnHow about letting me fill one of those vacant coaching positions?

The first thing I would do is tie a rope around Russ, the temporary Mascot’s testes and drag him down the street behind my scooter then I would lock him in the broom closet.

My second order of business would be to drive over to the flats and punch Paul Johnson in the mouth.

PTC DAWG

December 30th, 2009
4:43 pm

Hey, let me out of this closet………..it’s dark in here…..

bigdawg88

December 30th, 2009
4:44 pm

Dude is smart. He really had no interest, but nothing wrong with “no commenting” and getting a pay raise! Gotta take advantage of the situation.

Adam James

December 30th, 2009
4:46 pm

I need to find a school to transfer to so that i can resume my illustrious college football career. I’m pretty much a loser so I think I would fit in well at Georgia Tech. Will you guys have me?

If Coach Johnson calls me stupid on National TV, my dad will have him canned too.

Happydawg

December 30th, 2009
4:46 pm

This is sooooo stupid. Another DC using the open Georgia Job as “salarybaiting” for his current job.

bigdawg88

December 30th, 2009
4:48 pm

Speaking of Mike Leach; is he really that stupid? Out of all the thousands of kids playing football why single out the kid who’s dad is on the largest sports network in the country? Hell, they probably fired him for gross stupidity! Just keep him off the field for a few weeks, why bother with the stupidness?!? That’s almost as stupid as some teacher paddling one of the Obama girls!
You can pretend he’s “just another kid” all you want, but you better ground your dumb *** in reality!

Mike Leach

December 30th, 2009
4:48 pm

Adam, get outta here you little bast..d!
If I catch you on here again I’m gonna put you in a closet with the GT male cheerleaders.

jack bull

December 30th, 2009
4:50 pm

not sure his philosophy is much different than what we had. he did let e.berry roam around on the field, but that’s about all i think he did that was any different..i’m a little indifferent if he were the choice..guess we’d have to give him a chance,huh?

santa cruz dawg

December 30th, 2009
4:52 pm

I am intrigied by the Dallas Cowboys D line coach. I heard an ESPN expert say that if Smart doesn’t take the job, that the Cowboys coach may be the man.
What can you tell us about his credentials.

Mike Leach

December 30th, 2009
4:53 pm

Think I’ll attend the Orange Bowl and wear my pirate costume. AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!

BigTimeTECHFan

December 30th, 2009
4:56 pm

Leach did not single him out
From what I hear from other side, coaches and players James was a problem. Dad was a problem.
Sound like Leach may have been setup, but ESPN will not report other side because James dad works for them and his dad was half the problem.
Fact was Adam was not that good, dad wanted him to start next year but coach wasn’t going for it.

F-105 Thunderchief

December 30th, 2009
4:58 pm

UT folks think little of Chavis and find it odd UGA fans would like this possibility. It’s true that familiarity breeds contempt. Hence calls of “Fire Mark Richt!” when he just won his 90th game in nine seasons. Dooley after nine seasons? 66 wins and a 3-3 bowl record.

Coach Paul Johnson

December 30th, 2009
4:58 pm

I really like it down here on South Beach. I picked up a couple of really cute sports bras at one of the boutiques.

I found a nice hot dog stand too.

santa cruz dawg

December 30th, 2009
5:00 pm

I just looked up the Cowboys D line coach on wikipedia. His name is Todd Grantham and his resume is pretty awesome!!!

Mark Richt

December 30th, 2009
5:01 pm

John Chavis approached me about the job. Said he wanted to work for a head coach who can tell time.

Eat It St. Simons

December 30th, 2009
5:04 pm

((((30-24)))) hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Go Dawgs

December 30th, 2009
5:07 pm

19-45, 19-45, 19-45, 19-45, if we could have played Tennesee every game, we’d been at the bottom

St. Simons

December 30th, 2009
5:09 pm

45-19, 45-19, 45-19, 45-19 hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

Joe Paterno

December 30th, 2009
5:09 pm

I’m not really that worried about LSU. They have great athletes but their players and coaching staff are easily distracted by shiny objects.

takedowndawg

December 30th, 2009
5:12 pm

I think that Chavous could possibily be a good fit. Les Miles is pretty much about Les Miles and Chavous may not feel at home there. Chavous obviously appreciates loyality when you consider the years he spent with Fulmer and Richt is loyal, loyal to a fault in some of our minds! He, Chavous would usure in a proven toughness to our program and that would certainly be a welcome change! I think not a bad fit.

lanier

December 30th, 2009
5:13 pm

funny as hell Mark Richt thanks

mason

December 30th, 2009
5:13 pm

(( 30-24 ))
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

(( No major bowl since 1966 ))
ROTFLhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

GO HAWKEYES!!

YOUR $1.4 million Shreveport vs. OUR $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 30th, 2009
5:22 pm

mason

(((( 45-42 ))))
hahahahahahahahahahaha

(( No BCS bowl THIS YEAR! ))
ROTFLhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

WAY TO GO OUTBACK BOWL COMMITTEE!!

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St. Simons

December 30th, 2009
5:29 pm

Hey Mason—-45-19 hahahahahahahahahahah!!!!

D'ville Dawg

December 30th, 2009
5:29 pm

There was already a comment from one of the AJC articles saying that a player was quoted saying Chavis told him(the player) that he was not going to UGA. I’m sure the day after the LSU/PSU bowl game we will hear that Chavis signed an extension with a salary bump of $200k/yr (from $450k he makes now to $650k).

UGA is being used by Chavis to get more money – smart move by Chavis personally but it will just make CMR and UGA fans more aggravated later.

jdjd

December 30th, 2009
5:31 pm

UGA dominates Tech in the series 60-39-5.

dallasmorningstar

December 30th, 2009
5:33 pm

Hey guys Todd Grantham, D-line coach of Dallas is the new DC at UGA!!! Report out of Dallas is he has tried to stay really quite but it hasn’t worked press conference is set for Jan 11th in Athens to make it official!!!!

Dr. Phil

December 30th, 2009
5:36 pm

The James kid may be a lousy player, and his dad may be a twit, but locking the player in a closet doesn’t follow from either of the above. What kind of person allows a fat creep who dresses up like a pirate, to lock him in “the brig.” Twice!

Keith

December 30th, 2009
5:46 pm

St. Simons = Dog Poo

YOUR $1.4 million Shreveport vs. OUR $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 30th, 2009
5:49 pm

I’m a complete dweeb…

YOUR $1.4 million Shreveport vs. OUR $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 30th, 2009
5:50 pm

I’m a total dweeb….

YOUR $1.4 million Shreveport vs. OUR $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 30th, 2009
5:50 pm

I bite my toenails…

Ole Yeller Dawg

December 30th, 2009
5:50 pm

Just another coach in need of a pay raise!

Before this job is filled every DC in the country will milk a raise out of it!!

YOUR $1.4 million Shreveport vs. OUR $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 30th, 2009
5:50 pm

I’ll be right back…my mom wants me to take the trash out…

YOUR $1.4 million Shreveport vs. OUR $14 million BCS Orange bowl

December 30th, 2009
5:52 pm

I love tickle piles and frolicking with the Yellow Jerkets’ male cheerleaders

Rodney for DC

December 30th, 2009
5:56 pm

There is nothing wrong with promoting Rodney Gardener to DC. He doesnt have to know LB’s, and secondary…thats what position coaches are for. He only needs to know how to scheme to his teams strenghts againsts the other teams weakness. And observe when a position coach isnt cutting it. Thats what Martinez couldnt do.

Kirby Smart

December 30th, 2009
6:03 pm

Hey Mutt fans…don’t forget about me…I need a raise too.

dd

December 30th, 2009
6:08 pm

common sense

December 30th, 2009
6:10 pm

I would not be impressed with the Cowboys D-Line coach its not that great of a defense if you want a NFL coach give me Mike Singletary!! now that would be INTENSE!!!

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December 30th, 2009
6:17 pm

Rodney for DC
I dont want Garner for DC ,right now.This team needs an outside coach that brings new schemes,attacking defense and more blitzs.You are baseing your decision on 1 game that they had a month to prepare for! I didnt see any difference in the scheme there was alot of WM imprint on that defense and Garner he cant help it WM has been there a while it rubs off on people human nature.Bring in a new DC with a totaly new approach.This will help Garner in the long run when this position needs to be filled again in the future

Avery

December 30th, 2009
6:20 pm

Enjoy the “3rd-and-Chavis” (code for automatic 1st down) that plagued UT for years and years.

Ole Yeller Dawg

December 30th, 2009
6:30 pm

In my mine Chavis would be a better fit at Florida.

We deserve a better, younger…….Will Muschamp or Kirby Smart both can recruit better than Chavis.

Damon Evans don’t be cheap! SPEND THE MONEY!!