Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning resigned earlier this month, leaving Tiger aides David Blackwell and Ron West to prepare the stop unit for Clemson's upcoming Gator Bowl date with Nebraska. As a native of Dillon, S.C., who has many coaching and recruiting contacts in the Clemson area, Chavis seems to be a good fit if the Tigers elect to hire an outsider to oversee the defense in 2009.
The long-time Vol aide also might figure in the picture at LSU. Doug Mallory and Bradley Dale Peveto served as co-defensive coordinators for the 2008 Tigers, an experiment which failed miserably. Even with most of the key players back from a 2007 defense that ranked among the NCAA's finest, LSU struggled mightily in '08. The defending national champion Tigers ranked No. 81 nationally in pass defense and No. 65 in scoring defense.
Chavis' in-depth knowledge of the personnel, schemes and tendencies of SEC offenses should work in his favor if LSU elects to bring in a new defensive coordinator for 2009, something that appears to be a distinct possibility.