All Signs Point to Chavis?

CLEMSON - As Dabo Swinney sits down to speak with former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis one thing remains unquestionably clear, his resume speaks for itself. also has more on that as well as the rumors involving Chavis and LSU in this report.

Simply put, Chavis, who is expected to interview with Clemson head Dabo Swinney before the end of the week- the guy gets the job done.

Despite Tennessee's 5-7 record this year, Chavis led the Vols' defense to a No. 4 ranking in total defnese as his unit gave up just over 263 yards per game.

Tennessee was also No. 5 in passing defense, No. 12 in scoring defense and No. 13 in rushing defense.

Among other awards captured by Chavis over the years include the 2006 American Football Coaches Association's Division I-A Assistant Coach of the Year.

Since 1995, Chavis' defenses have held their opponents below a 100-yard rushing average in six seasons, and nine times during that span the Vols have ranked among the top three in the SEC in total defense.

Chavis also is a native of Dillon, S.C., and has a National Championship to his credit from the 1998 season.

Should Swinney decide to hire Chavis, has reported for several days he would look to bring former Tennessee defensive line coach Dan Brooks with him.

Brooks, like Chavis, has an impressive resume that includes time as the Vols' recruiting coordinator as well and has strong ties throughout high schools in the Carolinas.

Sounds good, right? Chavis is one of the top defensive coordinators currently available, has won a National Championship, multiple SEC championships and would bring one of the primary coaches responsible for Tennessee's recruiting success with him.

Not so fast.

There's another program in the south rumored to be interested in Chavis' services - LSU.

Following a report on former Georgia head coach Jim Donnan's radio show earlier this week, speculation was Chavis was headed to Baton Rouge. While LSU still has "co-coordinators" Doug Mallory and Bradley Dale Peveto, sources in Baton Rouge tell they have been quietly told to look for work elsewhere, which would open the door for Chavis.

Ironically, don't be surprised if former Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning's name surfaces for the same position. Sources tell as many as five schools have contacted Koenning in the short time he's been available.

Sources also tell that Chavis would prefer the position at Clemson over LSU, for a variety of reasons.

So what happens next?

Next is Chavis' interview with Dabo Swinney, which should take place as soon as Thursday afternoon. If that goes well, don't be surprised if things move quickly and Chavis is put in place within the week.

While he likely won't install his defensive package until after the bowl game, it only makes sense from a recruiting perspective, not to mention familiaring himself with next year's personnel, to get him involved as quickly as possible. Top Stories