Tennessee is turning to a familiar face to become its new offensive coordinator.
The university announced the hire officially on Wednesday, according to a report from NBC affiliate WBIR.
Sources close to the situation told GoVols247 on Tuesday night that Georgia's Jim Chaney was expected to be named the new offensive coordinator for the Vols.
“I’m thrilled to announce Jim Chaney as our offensive coordinator,” Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday. “Jim couldn’t be a better fit for our program at the University of Tennessee. His track record of success guiding offenses speaks for itself from his time at Purdue with Drew Brees to his time in the NFL and his success in the SEC at Georgia, Arkansas, and, of course, previously with the Vols."
Chaney, a 34-year veteran of the coaching ranks, returns to Rocky Top, where he served as the Vols’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2009-12, following impressive stints coordinating the offenses at Georgia (2016-18), Pitt (2015) and Arkansas (2013-14). He also has experience as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Rams (2006-08) and as the offensive coordinator at Purdue (1997-2005) and Cal State Fullerton (1988-92).
“What most impresses me about Jim is his knowledge of the game and also the way he has adapted his offenses to his players’ strengths. He’s had years where he has guided one of the nation’s top passing offenses and years where his offenses have been near the top in rushing. He could coach every position on offense and is a true teacher of the game."
Chaney replaces Tyson Helton, who was named the head coach at Western Kentucky in December.
“Jim has proven to be a great mentor for young men, and I’m excited to have him here at Tennessee," Pruitt said.