Tennessee got its man to run the offense on Rocky Top and certainly paid a premium to do so.
If you missed the news on Wednesday, Tennessee hired offensive coordinator Jim Chaney off of Georgia’s staff. Chaney had served as offensive coordinator for three seasons in Athens, following previous OC stints at Pitt, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Along with the announcement of the deal, Tennessee released the official details of Chaney’s details on Wednesday. Jeremy Pruitt’s new offensive coordinator on Rocky Top will make $1.525 million in 2019, $1.6 million in 2020 and $1.7 million in 2021 with his new three-year contract. Tennessee will also be on the hook for Chaney’s $500,000 buyout to Georgia for taking a member of Kirby Smart’s staff.
The terms of Chaney’s Tennessee deal make him college football’s highest-paid offensive coordinator. Michigan’s Pep Hamilton previously held that distinction, after making $1.4 million last season. Chaney’s predecessor, Tyson Helton (now the head coach at Western Kentucky), made $1.2 million last season as Tennessee’s OC.
Chaney’s deal with Tennessee was signed on Tuesday.
Chaney’s deal also comes with incentives for making a bowl game, making a New Year’s Six Bowl Game, making the College Football Playoff, making and/or winning the SEC Championship Game as well as making and/or winning the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.