In nearly three decades of facing Alabama, Saban has given Chavis most trouble
If you ever need a reminder of how much Nick Saban has changed SEC football, just look at Texas A&M DC John Chavis.
John Chavis is facing Alabama for a 28th consecutive season. Chavis is 12-10 as a DC against Bama but 2-8 against Saban-coached Tide.
— David Paschall (@DavidSPaschall) October 20, 2016
Chavis first became Tennessee’s defensive coordinator in 1995. While the Crimson Tide had some success in 1990s, making the SEC Championship Game in 1996 and 1999, The Chief usually left The Third Saturday in October a winner.
Once Saban came back to Alabama, however that changed. He lost his final two contests against the Tide as UT defensive coordinator (2007-08) and is 2-6 facing Saban as defensive coordinator at LSU (2009-14) and Texas A&M (2015-present).
While Saban will always be known for his defense over offense, it’s clear that the athletes he signs and coaches give Chavis defenses trouble.
Edit: The article previously had the wrong result of a past Alabama-Tennessee meeting.