Tennessee’s offensive coordinator was named interim head coach after Derek Dooley was fired Sunday.
The Vols (4-7, 0-7 SEC) finish the season against Kentucky (2-9, 0-7) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: SEC Network, 12:21 p.m.)
“I have no idea what a head coach does,”Chaney said with a smile. “I've never done it before but I am excited. I hope I don't screw it up.”
Chaney is the longest-tenured member of Tennessee’s coaching staff. He spent one year under former coach Lane Kiffin but was retained by Dooley when he was hired after the 2009 season.
“I believe in Derek Dooley,” Chaney said. “He is a good man and a good football coach and that will never change.”
Chaney, who normally calls plays from the press box, will return to the sidelines Saturday.
He said he would have more time to reflect on the disappointing season later. For now, he’s focused on going 1-0 as coach.
“I think this team is motivated,” Chaney said. “I'm hoping those 13 seniors will have something to say about that.”
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.