Rams assistant Chaney named UT offensive coordinator

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Jim Chaney

With the addition of Jim Chaney as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin’s coaching staff is beginning to take shape.

Chaney has accepted the job and a formal announcement should come in the next few days, a source within UT’s program told the News Sentinel on Wednesday.

Chaney, 46, is a native of Warrensburg, Mo., who played college football at Central Missouri State. He was part of Scott Linehan’s initial Rams staff in 2006, serving as assistant offensive line coach in 2006 and 2007 before moving to tight ends in 2008.

Before coming to St. Louis, all of Chaney’s previous coaching experience had come in the college ranks. He was offensive coordinator at Purdue from 1998 through 2005 and co-offensive coordinator in 1997.

Over that span, the Boilermakers led the Big Ten in passing offense five times and were ranked in the top 10 in the nation in total offense six times.

Kiffin, who was hired by UT on Dec. 8, also added New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to his staff as associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.

Orgeron, who coached with Kiffin at Southern California, was reportedly been offered at least $500,000 annually to join LSU, according to the Daily Advertiser.

It's unclear if UT would be able to hire Jeremy Bates, who was a reserve quarterback for UT in 1995 before transferring to Rice. The former Sevier County High School star was part of Mike Shanahan’s staff with the Denver Broncos before Shanahan was suddenly fired on Tuesday.

Bates, who coached quarterbacks and receivers for the Broncos, could follow Shanahan to another coaching stop or be retained by Denver, who is thought to have been extremely impressed with Bates’ three seasons there.

Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is expected to coach UT’s defensive backs meaning the Vols would need to hire a linebacker and defensive line coach.

It is unclear what Stan Drayton’s future holds. The UT running backs coach is one of two holdovers from Phillip Fulmer’s regime, along with tight ends coach Jason Michael, who is thought to be leaning towards a return to the NFL where he coached from 2005-07.

Two offensive coaches have left UT recently: offensive line coach Greg Adkins to Syracuse and receivers coach Latrell Scott to Virginia.

UT has hired former South Carolina quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator David Reaves and former Oakland Raiders assistant offensive line coach James Cregg.

Florida recruiting coordinator/receivers coach Billy Gonzales is also thought to be a candidate for UT’s staff.

With Chaney and assuming Drayton is retained, UT would have five coaches on staff. The NCAA allows nine.

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Bloodrunzorange writes:

The Rams were not that good last year? Feedback?
What is his background?

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Ok. I read the full post. It appears he has some great experience. It looks like the Vols are willing to pay a good price for Coach O. Will LSU match them? Go Vols and support CLK!

GR82BAVOL writes:

They weren't too bad on offense...I think he did what he could with the personnel he had to work with,

This is definitely a good choice...kind of a two-for-one if you will...an OC that can develop QB's...between he and Lane, they could put together an explosive offense fast.

Maverick1921 writes:

Chris Low on ESPN.com just posted that newspapers in Louisiana are reporting LSU is set to hire Orgeron. Kind of seems like it's a done deal.

cainclifton23 writes:

He is obviously a good QB coach. and we certainly need that.

Now, Crompton might be the QB he was suppose to be all along.

Srry, Bj Supporters

SemperVol writes:

I don't care if Orgeron is a raving lunatic. That's item number one I'd look for in a defensive line coach. ITEM 1!

We must get the Ogre to put on the Orange.

Volchaz writes:

THis is good news. I realize Lane wants us to be patient with the hiring, but i'm thinking the natives are a bit restless...

mdvol writes:

Don't know who Chaney is or if he called the shots for the Rams but a quick look at the stats ain't real pretty.

14.5 points per game (31st)
287 yards per game (27th)
184 passing yards per game (26th)
103 rushing yards per game (25th)

Overall 2-14

Here's a link to his bio...
http://www.nfl.com/teams/st.louisrams...

cainclifton23 writes:

in response to mdvol:

Don't know who Chaney is or if he called the shots for the Rams but a quick look at the stats ain't real pretty.

14.5 points per game (31st)
287 yards per game (27th)
184 passing yards per game (26th)
103 rushing yards per game (25th)

Overall 2-14

Here's a link to his bio...
http://www.nfl.com/teams/st.louisrams...

All Chaney was for the Rams was the TE coach. Had nothing to do with the play calling.

Look at Purdues Stats when he was there

SemperVol writes:

in response to mdvol:

Don't know who Chaney is or if he called the shots for the Rams but a quick look at the stats ain't real pretty.

14.5 points per game (31st)
287 yards per game (27th)
184 passing yards per game (26th)
103 rushing yards per game (25th)

Overall 2-14

Here's a link to his bio...
http://www.nfl.com/teams/st.louisrams...

He coached Tight Ends and assisted the offensive line. His top two tight ends went down with inury.

Playbook wasn't in his hands.

tnbigg writes:

Wow...we always wanted an NFL Franchise here in Knoxville...now we are THE breeding ground. No doubt we have had some great talent before...sadly many sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat...did I mention that many sat? Now? Best players on the field...PERIOD...with these new coaches...and the new "best players on the field" philosophy (why do I desitate to use "phil-osophy"...)...the sky is the limit for top recruit prospects...BRING IT ON...GO VOLS!

Bloodrunzorange writes:

in response to et_vol_fan:

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Point well taken on the Coach O comment. I trust CMK on the Defensive side. I am sure CLK will be calling plays. Sort of like Trooper at Oky St. That seems to have worked out for Gundy.

mdvol writes:

in response to cainclifton23:

All Chaney was for the Rams was the TE coach. Had nothing to do with the play calling.

Look at Purdues Stats when he was there

Can he turn Crompton into Drew Brees?

tnbigg writes:

HAPPY NEW YEAR! To every Vol who is a Vol...and not at all for every Vol who isn't a Vol! For every Vol who isn't a Vol?

Quit acting like you're in the 8th grade...

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cainclifton23 writes:

in response to mdvol:

Can he turn Crompton into Drew Brees?

I doubt Drew Brees. but I definatley think He can be a Solid QB

tnbigg writes:

Happy New Year from visor boy...

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tnbigg writes:
tnbigg writes:

Farewell to the war that was...

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tnbigg writes:

May the lost find their way home...

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tnbigg writes:

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Happy New Year to you too...and good luck in your Bowl game...SEC!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Bloodrunzorange:

The Rams were not that good last year? Feedback?
What is his background?

Purdue OC..PASS PASS AND MORE PASS

khelton657 writes:

in response to tnbigg:

Wow...we always wanted an NFL Franchise here in Knoxville...now we are THE breeding ground. No doubt we have had some great talent before...sadly many sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat and sat...did I mention that many sat? Now? Best players on the field...PERIOD...with these new coaches...and the new "best players on the field" philosophy (why do I desitate to use "phil-osophy"...)...the sky is the limit for top recruit prospects...BRING IT ON...GO VOLS!

There is definitely going to be an NFL mindset, maybe for once someone will actually want a coach from Tennessee in the future. My bet is they will also now know talent when they see it.

adamsck#591720 writes:

Chris Low pwns KNS.

lilesrt writes:

Yeah guys I live in Lafayette, LA and word down here is that it is a done deal between LSU and ED Orgeron. They are going to give him at least 600,000 per year and make him recruiting coordinator and associate Head coach. His family does not want to leave south LA so I'm not sure any amount of money Tennessee could throw at him could get him to Knoxville. I must say I am disappointed. We need the recruiting help. That is our major problem right now and will continue to be until we can start landing more 4 and 5 star athletes at our needs positions.

tnbigg writes:

in response to khelton657:

There is definitely going to be an NFL mindset, maybe for once someone will actually want a coach from Tennessee in the future. My bet is they will also now know talent when they see it.

Agree...good post...

khelton657 writes:

..and..maybe for once we will be able to figure out how to use a tight end...but then, remembering back, according to Sanders " Opposing teams took the tight end away from us"..every team..every year

PumpUptheVOLume writes:

PART OF THIS SITUATION IS JUST PLAIN STUPID. WHY WOULD WE LET CHIEF GO AND MAKE $500,000 @ LSU WHEN HE COULD HAVE STAYED HOME TO BE THE DEFENSIVE LINE COACH. YET WERE READY TO PAY $600,000 (THE AMOUNT REPORTED TENN. WILL PAY Ed Orgeron TO BE D-LINE COACH) SO WERE WILLING TO PAY $600,000 JUST FOR HIM TO COACH THE D-LINE. Yea, strong recruiter, but CHIEF IS TOO.
WE FINISHED 2008 RANKED #4 NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE UNDER CHIEF'S WATCH (THANKS ERIC AND CREW) AND HE WAS MAKING $340,000.
OK LET'S JUST SCREW ALL OF OUR OWN DEVOTED STAFF. I UNDERSTAND WHY FULMER IS GONE, BUT CHIEF HELD HIS OWN. TOTAL SLAP IN THE FACE. IF WE DON'T WIN, EVERYONE WILL BE LAUGHING AT US.

cainclifton23 writes:

in response to lilesrt:

Yeah guys I live in Lafayette, LA and word down here is that it is a done deal between LSU and ED Orgeron. They are going to give him at least 600,000 per year and make him recruiting coordinator and associate Head coach. His family does not want to leave south LA so I'm not sure any amount of money Tennessee could throw at him could get him to Knoxville. I must say I am disappointed. We need the recruiting help. That is our major problem right now and will continue to be until we can start landing more 4 and 5 star athletes at our needs positions.

I would like to have had EO but We are not hurting in recruiting ability now. Especcialy since having Monte jump back on. and

we are set to hire the Raiders DB Coach. Darren Perry.

I am a die hard raider. and we suck. But our DB's are the real deal.

He coach with the steelers DB's for 6 years before Oakland.

http://www.raiders.com/Team/CoachBio....

cainclifton23 writes:

in response to PumpUptheVOLume:

PART OF THIS SITUATION IS JUST PLAIN STUPID. WHY WOULD WE LET CHIEF GO AND MAKE $500,000 @ LSU WHEN HE COULD HAVE STAYED HOME TO BE THE DEFENSIVE LINE COACH. YET WERE READY TO PAY $600,000 (THE AMOUNT REPORTED TENN. WILL PAY Ed Orgeron TO BE D-LINE COACH) SO WERE WILLING TO PAY $600,000 JUST FOR HIM TO COACH THE D-LINE. Yea, strong recruiter, but CHIEF IS TOO.
WE FINISHED 2008 RANKED #4 NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE UNDER CHIEF'S WATCH (THANKS ERIC AND CREW) AND HE WAS MAKING $340,000.
OK LET'S JUST SCREW ALL OF OUR OWN DEVOTED STAFF. I UNDERSTAND WHY FULMER IS GONE, BUT CHIEF HELD HIS OWN. TOTAL SLAP IN THE FACE. IF WE DON'T WIN, EVERYONE WILL BE LAUGHING AT US.

1) Chavis has said many time he doesnt like recruiting. He is nt a good recruiter.

2) Why would he want to go from Dcoord. to a Dline coach, when hes proven he can coach and make money?

Go4Two writes:

in response to khelton657:

There is definitely going to be an NFL mindset, maybe for once someone will actually want a coach from Tennessee in the future. My bet is they will also now know talent when they see it.

BREAKING NEWS Freshmen will still sit. There is a reason upper classman play.. I hope this new staff works out but keep in mind Lane K is not the first coach to raid the NFL for ASST. coaches. John Chavis was offered DC job with the ATL Falcons last year.

mattlock writes:

in response to PumpUptheVOLume:

PART OF THIS SITUATION IS JUST PLAIN STUPID. WHY WOULD WE LET CHIEF GO AND MAKE $500,000 @ LSU WHEN HE COULD HAVE STAYED HOME TO BE THE DEFENSIVE LINE COACH. YET WERE READY TO PAY $600,000 (THE AMOUNT REPORTED TENN. WILL PAY Ed Orgeron TO BE D-LINE COACH) SO WERE WILLING TO PAY $600,000 JUST FOR HIM TO COACH THE D-LINE. Yea, strong recruiter, but CHIEF IS TOO.
WE FINISHED 2008 RANKED #4 NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE UNDER CHIEF'S WATCH (THANKS ERIC AND CREW) AND HE WAS MAKING $340,000.
OK LET'S JUST SCREW ALL OF OUR OWN DEVOTED STAFF. I UNDERSTAND WHY FULMER IS GONE, BUT CHIEF HELD HIS OWN. TOTAL SLAP IN THE FACE. IF WE DON'T WIN, EVERYONE WILL BE LAUGHING AT US.

Do you really think Chavis would accept a line coach position after he was a D coordinator? That doesn't make any sense. . .

cainclifton23 writes:

in response to Go4Two:

BREAKING NEWS Freshmen will still sit. There is a reason upper classman play.. I hope this new staff works out but keep in mind Lane K is not the first coach to raid the NFL for ASST. coaches. John Chavis was offered DC job with the ATL Falcons last year.

BREAKING NEWS.

Younger players with more Talent will play over upperclassmen with less.

AbramsWard, Paige > Hancock Rogers

Donald> Reveis

Ben Martin >Wes Brown

FWBVol writes:

in response to Go4Two:

BREAKING NEWS Freshmen will still sit. There is a reason upper classman play.. I hope this new staff works out but keep in mind Lane K is not the first coach to raid the NFL for ASST. coaches. John Chavis was offered DC job with the ATL Falcons last year.

CLK has stated the best players will play no matter what class. Yes, there is a reason that most freshmen sit more than they play. And UT has played a few freshmen; i.e. Eric Berry, Michael Munoz, Fred Weary, to name three; under CPF. But there were times even those most of us who supported Fulmer to the end have to admit that a freshman couldn't have done any worse than a junior or senior that was playing.

And BTW, Chavis was offered the LB job with the Falcons, not DC.

weisgarber2003#313889 writes:

Volchaz writes:

THis is good news. I realize Lane wants us to be patient with the hiring, but i'm thinking the natives are a bit restless...

Maybe a bit, but Hubbs, and maybe Hyams, seems to be even more restless. Hubbs is very loquacious, talks a lot and beats around the bush. Doesn't seem to have a succinct answer for any question asked.

FWBVol writes:

in response to mattlock:

Do you really think Chavis would accept a line coach position after he was a D coordinator? That doesn't make any sense. . .

I don't doubt Chavis could coach the D-line, but he's more of a LB coach. But I agree, it doesn't make sense that he would be a position coach when he could be a coordinator.

FWBVol writes:

I think it's important for the Lane Kiffin to have his staff in place by the end of the dead period for recruiting. The only exception might be a coach with a NFL team that is still making a run for the Super Bowl.

Kiffin said he would use the dead period to put his staff together so I expect to see a lot of announcements being made no later than the first of next week.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to et_vol_fan:

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Dont worry my friend, UT does not want a coach O either

cainclifton23 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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I was thinking the same thing.

joebomb writes:

in response to PumpUptheVOLume:

PART OF THIS SITUATION IS JUST PLAIN STUPID. WHY WOULD WE LET CHIEF GO AND MAKE $500,000 @ LSU WHEN HE COULD HAVE STAYED HOME TO BE THE DEFENSIVE LINE COACH. YET WERE READY TO PAY $600,000 (THE AMOUNT REPORTED TENN. WILL PAY Ed Orgeron TO BE D-LINE COACH) SO WERE WILLING TO PAY $600,000 JUST FOR HIM TO COACH THE D-LINE. Yea, strong recruiter, but CHIEF IS TOO.
WE FINISHED 2008 RANKED #4 NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE UNDER CHIEF'S WATCH (THANKS ERIC AND CREW) AND HE WAS MAKING $340,000.
OK LET'S JUST SCREW ALL OF OUR OWN DEVOTED STAFF. I UNDERSTAND WHY FULMER IS GONE, BUT CHIEF HELD HIS OWN. TOTAL SLAP IN THE FACE. IF WE DON'T WIN, EVERYONE WILL BE LAUGHING AT US.

Dude, new coaches always want their OWN staffs brought in. Maybe Chavis would have thought it was a slap in the face if we downgraded him to D-line. Maybe Monte wanted to get who he thought would be best. Way too early to be freaking out.

cainclifton23 writes:

Charles Barkley was arrested for DUI last night.

Wonder if the Cop was racsist? oooorr... Dene Chizik (Genes Bro) bahaha

BigMikeUT writes:

Chavis staying on to coach D-Line would never have happened. For one, Chavis is a linebackers guy. Two, there is no way that Chavis would want to take a step back in his career after that fantastic season his defense just put together.

VolBaseball...what's your source on the Darren Perry thing? That would be awesome if its true.

1stBaseHelton writes:

What is this about Bates?

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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It would be nice to have one coach on his staff with ties to Tennessee.

cainclifton23 writes:

in response to BigMikeUT:

Chavis staying on to coach D-Line would never have happened. For one, Chavis is a linebackers guy. Two, there is no way that Chavis would want to take a step back in his career after that fantastic season his defense just put together.

VolBaseball...what's your source on the Darren Perry thing? That would be awesome if its true.

Well I have family that lives in the Fresno Area. And word is that Cable is getting the job and ousting all kiffin tied staff.

and i found this.

http://www.smashsouthsports.org/forum...

HonoluluVol writes:

in response to mdvol:

Can he turn Crompton into Drew Brees?

He's an OC not Jesus LOL

HonoluluVol writes:

in response to khelton657:

..and..maybe for once we will be able to figure out how to use a tight end...but then, remembering back, according to Sanders " Opposing teams took the tight end away from us"..every team..every year

Yea I know Sanders is so right, that Jason Whitten had to rely on his Combine to get noticed nationally and drafted by the Cowboys LMAO!!!!!

BigMikeUT writes:

I'm not sure I buy the Bates thing. I don't see him coming to Tennessee to be a position coach. Maybe if we were looking for a DC, but I think we have that pretty well covered right now.

Thanks for the info on Darren Perry by the way. That would be a phenomenal hire if we can land him. Over the past 5 years he's been the position coach who developed Polamalu, Chris Hope, and Nnamdi Asomugha...that's an impressive list.

HonoluluVol writes:

in response to PumpUptheVOLume:

PART OF THIS SITUATION IS JUST PLAIN STUPID. WHY WOULD WE LET CHIEF GO AND MAKE $500,000 @ LSU WHEN HE COULD HAVE STAYED HOME TO BE THE DEFENSIVE LINE COACH. YET WERE READY TO PAY $600,000 (THE AMOUNT REPORTED TENN. WILL PAY Ed Orgeron TO BE D-LINE COACH) SO WERE WILLING TO PAY $600,000 JUST FOR HIM TO COACH THE D-LINE. Yea, strong recruiter, but CHIEF IS TOO.
WE FINISHED 2008 RANKED #4 NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE UNDER CHIEF'S WATCH (THANKS ERIC AND CREW) AND HE WAS MAKING $340,000.
OK LET'S JUST SCREW ALL OF OUR OWN DEVOTED STAFF. I UNDERSTAND WHY FULMER IS GONE, BUT CHIEF HELD HIS OWN. TOTAL SLAP IN THE FACE. IF WE DON'T WIN, EVERYONE WILL BE LAUGHING AT US.

It's a new REGIME. Everything will and is changing. When there's a change of power, the incoming will make the necessary changes they fill will get the job done. Chavis is good, but he was here with Fulmer to no fault of his own. Guilty by association maybe. If you was put in that position, you'd probably go with what you know also. And not go with what was in place. Coach Kiffin knows and has coached with Coach O, Coach Perry and everyone that he's hiring. That's what he knows, and they believe in his system.

Go4Two writes:

in response to cainclifton23:

BREAKING NEWS.

Younger players with more Talent will play over upperclassmen with less.

AbramsWard, Paige > Hancock Rogers

Donald> Reveis

Ben Martin >Wes Brown

Really and you know these player were better because??

Question Why did Urban not start Tebow as a Freshman he was clearly a better player..

jimr07 writes:

in response to General_Watermelon:

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frankly, your posts are getting tiresome with the FOOLmer bit.

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