LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis downplays his return to Tennessee

Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley, who was an LSU assistant for five years, is a familiar face for Tigers fans. In Tennessee, John Chavis' is like a Mt. Rushmore for the Smokies.

The LSU defensive coordinator for the past three seasons was a fixture at Tennessee for 20 years, 14 as a highly respected defensive coordinator under Philip Fulmer.

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tennvolsman19651965 writes:

I am not bashing Dooley in any way by this remark, but why didnt Hammy offer Chavis the head coaching job rather than bringing Kiffy in? Chavis was a proven top 10 defensive coordinator every year, and he was far supperior to Muschamp, who was offered the job. But look who is laughing now? The Chief is sitting at number 1 in the country. He will be offered a head coaching job very very soon. And we will regret not offering him the job every time we play him.

bigorangesob writes:

Yep that's the one coach we should have kept.

SummittsCourt writes:

because hammy wanted his own guy and you see how that turned out.

voloffaith writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

I am not bashing Dooley in any way by this remark, but why didnt Hammy offer Chavis the head coaching job rather than bringing Kiffy in? Chavis was a proven top 10 defensive coordinator every year, and he was far supperior to Muschamp, who was offered the job. But look who is laughing now? The Chief is sitting at number 1 in the country. He will be offered a head coaching job very very soon. And we will regret not offering him the job every time we play him.

All respect to Coach Chavis,but he won't be offered head coaching job "very,very soon." He didn't like to recruit when at Tennessee so is he doing that at LSu? Head coaching stops on his resume? He is an excellent D coordinator. Not saying he couldn't be a head coach,but don't think so.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

He was good. He is gone. Get over it. Move on.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to VOLS_SEC_RULES:

He was good. He is gone. Get over it. Move on.

Poor baby, I bet you wish Kitten was back. He will be coaching somewhere as a HC soon. I truly believe that. He showed Muschamp how a defense should look last weekend. He showed the Vols what a defense should look like when he was here.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to VOLS_SEC_RULES:

He was good. He is gone. Get over it. Move on.

I guess you didnt have the patience to read the two paragraph article. He isnt gone, he is coming back this weekend. Bah ha ha.

CCLC writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

I guess you didnt have the patience to read the two paragraph article. He isnt gone, he is coming back this weekend. Bah ha ha.

"You tell 'em HE'S coming... and hell's coming with HIM, you hear?..." ;-)

just sayin'

BigBadVol writes:

Who third down Chavis? He never saw a third down he could stop.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

Who third down Chavis? He never saw a third down he could stop.

He seems to be stopping a lot of 3rd downs these days.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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You are probably right about him not taking a job due to his loyalty to Fulmer. I guess wishing what we should have done doesnt change what we did.

thevoice writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

I am not bashing Dooley in any way by this remark, but why didnt Hammy offer Chavis the head coaching job rather than bringing Kiffy in? Chavis was a proven top 10 defensive coordinator every year, and he was far supperior to Muschamp, who was offered the job. But look who is laughing now? The Chief is sitting at number 1 in the country. He will be offered a head coaching job very very soon. And we will regret not offering him the job every time we play him.

Chavis is on record as stating he does not want to be a head coach.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

All respect to Coach Chavis,but he won't be offered head coaching job "very,very soon." He didn't like to recruit when at Tennessee so is he doing that at LSu? Head coaching stops on his resume? He is an excellent D coordinator. Not saying he couldn't be a head coach,but don't think so.

Was head coaching on Muschamps resume? Negative.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to thevoice:

Chavis is on record as stating he does not want to be a head coach.

Things change. I believe that the offers are about to start flooding in after this season. Let's wait and see if he takes the money. Saban was on the record saying, "I am not taking the Alabama job".

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to CCLC:

"You tell 'em HE'S coming... and hell's coming with HIM, you hear?..." ;-)

just sayin'

As much as I dont like to feed the trolls. I got a pretty good chuckle out of that one.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

Who third down Chavis? He never saw a third down he could stop.

Watch how many third down stops he has Saturday in a sweet revenge game. Luckily for Chavis he is in a much better place now where fans appreciate the winning. Not at a school with a delusional, spoiled fan base like his last job.

retiredgrocer#1397986 writes:

We need John Chavis as the Head Coach. Period.

Go4Two writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

Who third down Chavis? He never saw a third down he could stop.

Sad put down the Xbox

CoverOrange writes:

Chavis, like every other great coach, has an achilles heel. What makes a great coach great is the ability to over come and minimize that vulnerability. Spurrier routinely exploited that vulnerability with Florida talent. So did Saban and then Meyers. Chavis, like Cutcliffe, depended on Fulmer for recruiting. Unfortunately for Fulmer, Miles, not to mention Saban, Richt,Chizik, and Meyers are/were better recruiters.

If Chaney has paid attention, look for quick slant passes on third down.

OTPVol writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

Was head coaching on Muschamps resume? Negative.

Yeah, and we're seeing how that worked out. Chief was an excellent DC and I am happy for him that he landed at an institution where he is respected and is seeing some success. We were blessed to have had him and I am glad it all worked out well for him.

CCLC writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

Was head coaching on Muschamps resume? Negative.

Head Coach in Waiting.........

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Chavis, like every other great coach, has an achilles heel. What makes a great coach great is the ability to over come and minimize that vulnerability. Spurrier routinely exploited that vulnerability with Florida talent. So did Saban and then Meyers. Chavis, like Cutcliffe, depended on Fulmer for recruiting. Unfortunately for Fulmer, Miles, not to mention Saban, Richt,Chizik, and Meyers are/were better recruiters.

If Chaney has paid attention, look for quick slant passes on third down.

I am not sure that I agree with you on that one. Fulmer had a No. 3 recruiting class in 2007, No. 4 in 2005, No. 11 in 2004, but I will agree that he fell off dramatically in 2008. But I think kids could already see the writing on the wall in 2008. Fulmer could recruit. In the movie, "the blind side", they showed that Fulmer was an ace recruiter, even though he lost that battle.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to OTPVol:

Yeah, and we're seeing how that worked out. Chief was an excellent DC and I am happy for him that he landed at an institution where he is respected and is seeing some success. We were blessed to have had him and I am glad it all worked out well for him.

I still go along with the fact that defense wins football games. When you can hold Rainy to 4 yards (Bama game) and 52 (LSU game), then you dont need much of an offense to win. Plus, this is Muschamps first year, and as long as we are giving our own coach a bye the first 3 to 4 years, then you cant say, "Yeah, and we're seeing how that worked out", for Muschamp.

CCLC writes:

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volgrog#210164 writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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It was Hamilton's decision to hire Kiffin and he had to know Kiffin would hire his dad. By the way, his dad made double what Chavis was making.

Kiffin set TN back 5 years and the worst thing he did was fire Chavis. Chavis had a top 10 defense the year he was fired, even with a team that went 5-7.

FWBVol writes:

I wonder how many of the people wondering why UT didn't offer Chavis the head coaching job are some of the same ones bashing the UT defense he coached.

No matter how badly some people don't want to admit it, the fact is any coach we hired after Kiffin turned west on us was going to struggle for a few years.

Dooley took over a program that had been gutted with the foundation unable to hold up the structure needed to be successful. He is building from the ground up putting in the pieces that should mean a long run of success that Tennessee fans desire.

I have nothing but respect for John Chavis. Although he will be in the purple and gold of LSU on Saturday I have no doubt that he is a Vol For Life, but right now he works for somebody else.

I wish Chavis well, but I sure hope his defense springs a leak Saturday.

GBO!!!

MEDIA_OCRITY writes:

In all the years the chief was here, I only met him once. I tell ya, there may be a better coach out there somewhere. IDK, good luck finding one. But, you will not ever find a better man and mentor to young men. When my son goes to college, i'd strongly consider sending him wherever the chief is.

Gbovol writes:

In hiring the Kiffins, Hamilton listened to the money and proved that money talks, but a lot of the time it doesn't know what it's saying or makes the wrong choices. Chavis as DC traded for Monty was like trading a no. one draft choice for a number 10 choice. KIffin's defense wasn't nearly as good as Chavis always had. Also, look at the quarterback-Taj Boyd at Clemson is doing. Sonny boy Kiffin said he couldn'td use him. Any coach worth his salt can take a 5 star quarterback such as Taj was and build an offense around him. That's exactly what Fulmer and Cutliffe did after Manning with the quarterback that led Tn to the national championship in 1998. Sorry, his name escapes me-senior moment.

OwensboroVol writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

I still go along with the fact that defense wins football games. When you can hold Rainy to 4 yards (Bama game) and 52 (LSU game), then you dont need much of an offense to win. Plus, this is Muschamps first year, and as long as we are giving our own coach a bye the first 3 to 4 years, then you cant say, "Yeah, and we're seeing how that worked out", for Muschamp.

The difference is that Muschamp walked into Florida with All-American Talent walking all over the Campus. Dooley came to Tennessee with very little talent waiting for him. He was hired very late in the recruiting cycle for that year and while getting a good class it really wasn't his or the type of players he was looking for. I dare say that if Dooley had been hired for the Florida job he would have been at least as successful as Muschamp and probably more so.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to Gbovol:

In hiring the Kiffins, Hamilton listened to the money and proved that money talks, but a lot of the time it doesn't know what it's saying or makes the wrong choices. Chavis as DC traded for Monty was like trading a no. one draft choice for a number 10 choice. KIffin's defense wasn't nearly as good as Chavis always had. Also, look at the quarterback-Taj Boyd at Clemson is doing. Sonny boy Kiffin said he couldn'td use him. Any coach worth his salt can take a 5 star quarterback such as Taj was and build an offense around him. That's exactly what Fulmer and Cutliffe did after Manning with the quarterback that led Tn to the national championship in 1998. Sorry, his name escapes me-senior moment.

Tee Martin

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

The difference is that Muschamp walked into Florida with All-American Talent walking all over the Campus. Dooley came to Tennessee with very little talent waiting for him. He was hired very late in the recruiting cycle for that year and while getting a good class it really wasn't his or the type of players he was looking for. I dare say that if Dooley had been hired for the Florida job he would have been at least as successful as Muschamp and probably more so.

I have never discounted Dooley when I wrote, "I wonder why Hammy didnt offer Chavis the head coaching job prior to Kiffin". I am not sure what the disagreement is here. Muschamp walked into a job where he totally revamped the offense, which grew very stale after Teebow left. The disagreement the two of us had was when you stated, "head coaching" on Chavis resume. Head coach was never on Muschamps resume. It is still his first half of a complete season throwing in a new offense. I hope Muschamp fails, just because I despise Florida. But you cant judge any coach on a half of a season. Especially when he walked into the buzz saw that we are about to walk into the next two weekend.

linebam writes:

in response to Gbovol:

In hiring the Kiffins, Hamilton listened to the money and proved that money talks, but a lot of the time it doesn't know what it's saying or makes the wrong choices. Chavis as DC traded for Monty was like trading a no. one draft choice for a number 10 choice. KIffin's defense wasn't nearly as good as Chavis always had. Also, look at the quarterback-Taj Boyd at Clemson is doing. Sonny boy Kiffin said he couldn'td use him. Any coach worth his salt can take a 5 star quarterback such as Taj was and build an offense around him. That's exactly what Fulmer and Cutliffe did after Manning with the quarterback that led Tn to the national championship in 1998. Sorry, his name escapes me-senior moment.

That would be Tee Martin.

Southland writes:

Fans are amazing. Chavis and his defenses gave us the highest winning percentage over a 10 year period in the nation and people dogged him every year. Everyone gives Cutcliffe the credit but it was defense that carried much of the load and when the offense was down the defense carried the team. The man was a treasure for UT and now he is getting the recognition for a job well done by the LSU fans that he should have got from us. He is not a recruiter nor will he be a head coach but he will be in the hall of fame for his defensive coaching abilities. UT did him wrong and he would have done a lot better job than Kiffin's dad

volman444 writes:

It amazes me how much people think they know on here sometimes. Yes Chavis wanted the job. He made that very clear. He does want to be a head coach but most AD's see him as a life long DC. He was outstanding for us but his lack of recruiting abilities will not allow him to be a head coach.

arkyvol writes:

two years into hapless hammy's handpicked coach's tenure and we're 17 point dogs in neyland. but hey, he's got no thugs on his team.

cooper65#432178 writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

He seems to be stopping a lot of 3rd downs these days.

It's amazing what you can do with talent and a good scheme. We've been missing the talent for a few years now.

keviningeorgia writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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There's that name calling again. Be purdy now. Don't be ugly...

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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I totally agree with you. But I would like to see what he could do with a good offensive coordinator and him as head coach somewhere. And you left out Leonard Little, by the way. lol.

mytrifecta writes:

You don't know what you've got until it's gone. Truer words were never spoken. I would take 3rd and Chavis over the clown running our defense every day and twice on Sunday. I still have faith in Dooley but both coordinators are very suspect.

keviningeorgia writes:

I hope UT beats your team this week. Other than that, best wishes Chief...

Volunatic writes:

in response to bigorangesob:

Yep that's the one coach we should have kept.

Absolutely. After watching monte kiffin defenses for 2.5 seasons of college ball, I don't think he is even a decent college DC. There is too much need for teaching fundamentals in college, and I also don't think monte has a clue how to stop a well-executed option offense.
He was great at Tampa, but NCAA Division 1A is very different from the NFL.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to volman444:

It amazes me how much people think they know on here sometimes. Yes Chavis wanted the job. He made that very clear. He does want to be a head coach but most AD's see him as a life long DC. He was outstanding for us but his lack of recruiting abilities will not allow him to be a head coach.

I didnt recall hearing that from Chavis. If he wanted to take over after Fulmer, then we can just chock that up to Hammy and whomever told him what to do.

Volunatic writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

Poor baby, I bet you wish Kitten was back. He will be coaching somewhere as a HC soon. I truly believe that. He showed Muschamp how a defense should look last weekend. He showed the Vols what a defense should look like when he was here.

I believe he has stated previously that he has no interest in a head coaching position. He definitely could have gotten a great HC job any time from '98-'01, and possibly some after that too.

Volunatic writes:

in response to thevoice:

Chavis is on record as stating he does not want to be a head coach.

What thevoice said...

chrisw2967 writes:

We might of had 3rd and chavis but he put some great def. on the field and if you say you would rather have wilcox than chavis then something is bad wrong.
Now with Chavis gone the 3rd and Wilcox is still alive and kicking.

keviningeorgia writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Watch how many third down stops he has Saturday in a sweet revenge game. Luckily for Chavis he is in a much better place now where fans appreciate the winning. Not at a school with a delusional, spoiled fan base like his last job.

Wow, you are an absolute fraud and no one actually believes you are a pro at anything, let alone handicappinng.. But, you finally said something I agree with.

It is an absolute fact that a small (but very vocal) faction of the UT fan base is delusional and spoiled and don't appreciate winning as they should. My take is most of them are busy on this site, too.

I just don't get the ones like you? You're only purpose on here is to throw garbage at this program. Which makes you a weird little person in my book...

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to volman444:

It amazes me how much people think they know on here sometimes. Yes Chavis wanted the job. He made that very clear. He does want to be a head coach but most AD's see him as a life long DC. He was outstanding for us but his lack of recruiting abilities will not allow him to be a head coach.

I have researched and researched. I can find nowhere that Chavis said that he was interested in the UT job after Fulmer left. I have found where he interviewed for the Seahawks job, and turned down a job with the Falcons. I have found where he stated he does hope to be a head coach someday, but if you have an article saying that he openly wanted the UT job after Fulmer left, post the link. I would love to read it.

keviningeorgia writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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There you go! See, you can communicate without calling names and insulting people.

Good boy!

snakeplissken writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Be sure to send your thanks to Mike Hamilton for destroying Tennessee football. I think it would be nice if several of us met at his house to help load the moving truck, ensuring that his sorry butt leaves Knoxville!!!

Volunatic writes:

in response to volman444:

It amazes me how much people think they know on here sometimes. Yes Chavis wanted the job. He made that very clear. He does want to be a head coach but most AD's see him as a life long DC. He was outstanding for us but his lack of recruiting abilities will not allow him to be a head coach.

Got a link to back up your assertion that Chavis made it "very clear" that he wanted to be the HC at UT after Fulmer got fired?
I recall the opposite.

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