Chavis Lands at LSU
It doesn’t take long for a defensive coordinator with a knack for stellar defenses to find a new job.
Such is the case for John Chavis, who seems to have landed the defensive coordinator job at LSU, with reports saying Chavis will earn close to $500,000 (compared to $340,000 last year with the Vols). Chavis put together some great defenses during his years at Tennessee, including 2008, in which the Vols finished fourth nationally in total defense.
Look for Chavis to quickly turn around a defense that currently sits at second to last in the SEC in total defense. With a defensive style that is big on speed and pressure and LSU’s abundance of talent, Chavis won’t have a problem putting together a fierce defensive unit for 2009.
Overall, a great hire for LSU.
As for some of Fulmer’s other former defensive staff members, none of whom were maintained by new head coach Lane Kiffin, there are some rumors/scenarios swirling around the internet about where they’ll end up:
- Look for Chavis to bring along either Dan Brooks (defensive tackles) or Steve Caldwell (defensive ends) when he heads to LSU.
- If there isn’t room for Caldwell at LSU, he could end up joining Houston Nutt’s staff at Ole Miss. That’s only if Ole Miss loses current assistant Tracy Rocker to his alma mater, Auburn.
- If Brooks doesn’t make it on the staff at LSU, Florida could be his new home. Brooks is close friends with Florida’s current defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, and there is a chance Strong could be looking for a new D-line coach if Dan McCarney leaves for greener pastures.
- With Urban Meyer promoting offensive line coach Steve Addazio to replace Dan Mullen, it could mean Florida recruiting coordinator and receivers coach Billy Gonzales will be joining Kiffin’s staff at Tennessee.
Lastly, it has been reported that Louisville is hiring former UT secondary coach Larry Slade to fill their vacancy at the same coaching position.