Former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis is believed to be a leading candidate to become defensive coordinator at Clemson, sources told The State newspaper. Several media outlets have reported Chavis is slated to interview with coach Dabo Swinney today.
Coordinator Vic Koenning resigned Tuesday after learning he would not be retained.
Chavis is from Dillon, S.C. The 52-year-old was not retained by new UT coach Lane Kiffin after 20 seasons as an assistant with the Vols.
The newspaper said if hired, Chavis is expected to bring along veteran defensive line coach Dan Brooks, who is familiar with recruiting in the Carolinas.
Clemson could have competition for Chavis, who is also believed a candidate at LSU should Les Miles shuffle his defensive staff.
Swinney declined to comment on any specific candidates to the newspaper until they have completed their background checks and been formally hired.