Tennessee on Wednesday announced the hire of Jim Chaney as its offensive coordinator, capping a search that lasted more than six weeks.
Chaney agreed to a three-year, $4.8 million deal that runs through Jan. 31, 2022. He'll earn $1.5 million in 2019, with $100,000 increases in each of the next two seasons.
Tennessee also agreed to cover up to $500,000 in buyout costs for Chaney leaving Georgia in the midst of a contract that ran through June 2021.
Chaney replaces Tyson Helton, who left UT after one season to become the head coach at Western Kentucky on Nov. 27.
Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt pillaged an SEC East rival to get his man. Chaney spent the past three seasons as Georgia's offensive coordinator under Kirby Smart.
He's a familiar face in Knoxville. Chaney was Tennessee's offensive coordinator from 2009-12, working for Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley.
“I’m thrilled to announce Jim Chaney as our offensive coordinator,” Pruitt said in a news release. “Jim couldn’t be a better fit for our program at the University of Tennessee. His track record of success guiding offenses speaks for itself from his time at Purdue with Drew Brees to his time in the NFL and his success in the SEC at Georgia, Arkansas, and, of course, previously with the Vols.