When LSU coach Les Miles heard Orgeron was taking the Tennessee job as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator, Miles drove to New Orleans after LSU’s win in the Chick-fil-A bowl and offered Orgeron a whopping $900,000.
Orgeron declined, saying he had given Tennessee and Kiffin his word that he would join the Vols’ staff.
Thus, Orgeron turned down $250,000 to go to Knoxville.
LSU recently hired former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis to run its defense. You’ve got to wonder how Chavis, who will make about $500,000, feels about Miles offering Orgeron some $400,000 more than Chavis’ salary.
"I can’t wear my wife’s dress right now, the size isn’t (right). But if I ever get afraid, I’m just going to stay at home and probably start cross-dressing," Chavis said when asked if he would cringe seeing Berry on offense, drawing big laughs from reporters gathered in Neyland Stadium for UT’s weekly media day Tuesday.
John Chavis, Tennessee: Regarded as one of the best linebacker coaches in the country, Chavis became defensive coordinator in 1995 and helped win a national championship three years later. UT has had 11 linebackers taken in the draft since 1999. One study found that Tennessee had the most former d-linemen on NFL rosters in 2007 with 11.