For the first time since he left Georgia, Tennessee OC Jim Chaney met with the media.

Tennessee made Chaney the nation’s highest paid OC, making $1.525 million in 2019, $1.6 million in 2020 and $1.7 million in 2021 with his new three-year contract.

Chaney, of course, was Georgia’s OC for three years under Kirby Smart, but he’s coached at Tennessee before. He was the OC from 2009-12 under Derek Dooley.

Coming to Tennessee from Georgia was a tough decision, but he explained Friday why he made the move.


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“I think anytime you have to relocate your family there’s a lot of serious discussions,” Chaney explained. “We had a wonderful three years at University of Georgia. My wife and I have always enjoyed Knoxville. It’s a place where we see ourselves living for a long time.

“(Tennessee) was maybe the only job that I would have even considered leaving Georgia for. After talking to him for a while, it was a pretty easy decision for me to come back to a place I’ve always enjoyed coaching at and living.”

You can see the full answer below, via Knoxville News Sentinel: