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Report: Jim Chaney to return to Tennessee as offensive coordinator

Is this thing finally done?

NCAA Football: Georgia Spring Game Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Pruitt has made a big move at offensive coordinator, according to Patrick Brown of 247 Sports.

Pruitt will hire Jim Chaney away from Georgia, as was rumored for several days. Chaney was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee from 2009-2012. Since then he’s spent time at Arkansas, Pittsburgh and Georgia.

It’s being confirmed now by The Athletic.

According to John Brice, Chaney is set to get BIG money from Tennessee. For reference, Chaney made $950,000 last season with Georgia.

Georgia ranked 18th in total offense in 2018. The Bulldogs scored 64 touchdowns and put up 465 yards per contest. Georgia ranked 69th in passing yards and 16th in rushing yards this season. Tennessee was 121st in total offense, for what it’s worth.

Chaney will obviously have a bit of an uphill climb to start at Tennessee as Jeremy Pruitt works to rebuild the offensive line and find consistency at the quarterback position. Help is on the way in the 2019 class, particularly up front.

Finally, this thing is over with. It took 44 days, but all things considered, Tennessee did pretty well for themselves here. It’s not all that flashy, but it should keep some continuity with the offensive scheme, keeping the pro-style system in place. It doesn’t hurt that Chaney has plenty of experience as a play-caller, either.

Now, the only question that remains — will Tennessee make a play for Sam Pittman too?