Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Chavis doesn't refute Georgia talk
By Chris Low ESPN.com
How serious is LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis about the Georgia defensive coordinator’s job?
John Chavis has been a defensive coordinator in the SEC for 15 seasons.
Well, he’s not really saying.
At least, not with the Tigers set to take on Penn State in two days in the Capital One Bowl.
Chavis was asked two different times Wednesday at a Capital One Bowl press conference about his interest in the Georgia job and/or whether or not he expected to be at LSU next year.
Both times, he essentially gave a lengthy no comment and certainly did nothing to distance himself from the Georgia job.
"I'll be happy to talk about our players and about this bowl game," Chavis said. "Beyond that, I really want to leave it like it is."
Several people close to the situation contend that Chavis has emerged as Mark Richt’s top choice and that it’s his job if he wants it. The Bulldogs are prepared to pay $600,000 or more per year and would give Chavis a three-year contract. He earned $450,000 this season at LSU.
It will be interesting to see if LSU matches the offer. With at least two other defensive openings on the Georgia staff, Chavis might have a chance to take a few people with him, including some of the guys who worked under him at Tennessee.
Chavis was the defensive coordinator at Tennessee for 14 seasons before joining Les Miles’ staff at LSU this season. The Tigers were 12th nationally in scoring defense.
Richt needs to score big with this hire, and Chavis has been one of the top defensive coordinators in the SEC for a long time. He makes a lot of sense.
Plus, you know he wouldn't mind getting a shot at Tennessee every year after getting the boot from his alma mater following last season.