John Chavis to Be LSU's Next Defensive Coordinator

Dusty FloydCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2008

John Chavis will be leaving the University of Tennessee and will bring his attacking defenses to LSU next year.

Tennessee's defense was ranked fourth in the country this year, but after new head coach Lane Kiffin decided to bring in his father Monte Kiffin, Chavis became a big name on the market.

The offer LSU made to Chavis was a multiple-year contract for around $500,000. Chavis will be making a lot more than in his previous contract with the Vols, which was $340,000.

LSU, who will be playing Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl this Wednesday, has struggled defensively this year after the Bayou Bengals had a strong defense last year with their national championship team.

This year their defense ranked 11th in the SEC and has given up 30 or more points in their last three games, all of which were very average teams.

According to head coach Les Miles, there won't be any changes made to the defensive coaching positions, but they do have some spots to fill as the two co-defensive coordinators are expected to leave to other schools.

Chavis, a Tennessee graduate, has remained very loyal to Phillip Fulmer and Tennessee throughout his career (unlike that traitor David Cutcliffe) and has shot down many job offers from the NFL.

There is a chance that Chavis will bring either Dan Brooks or Steve Caldwell with him to Baton Rouge. Both coaches worked alongside Chavis at Tennessee.