Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis turned down an offer to coach
the defensive line of the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. He will remain at
UT for his 11th season on the Vols' staff and his fifth as
"It was an excellent opportunity that I considered seriously," Chavis said.
"There were a number of factors that went into my decision, none more
important than my relationship with the players and coaches on this
"I look forward to continuing to coach them and to work with coach
(Phillip) Fulmer, the rest of the staff and the school administration.
There is a close bond among the coaches and players that carries over to
create a special situation at Tennessee that includes fans and the entire
community. I enjoy my relationships with all these people."
He added, "My ties at Tennessee run deep, having played here and coaching
here the last 10 years. Consideration of my family was also very important
in the final analysis. My wife and two sons are as much a part of Tennessee
as I am."
Chavis' interest in the Indianapolis post was heightened by his friendship
with several members of the staff.
Under Chavis' direction, Tennessee's defense has consistently been highly
ranked nationally and in the Southeastern Conference. In the 1998 national
championship season, the Vols ranked 17th nationally in total defense and
sixth against the rush.
Over the last three years, Tennessee has been ranked first, third and
second in the SEC in total defense.
Chavis came to Tennessee in 1976 as a walk-on defensive lineman. His
scrappy play at middle guard earned him a scholarship and letters in 1977
and '78. He began his coaching career in 1979 as a graduate assistant at
Tennessee and had stints at Alabama A&M and Alabama State.
He returned to Tennessee in 1989.
Chavis decides to remain at UT
Published: Mon Feb 08, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:44 p.m.