Vols hire Georgia OC Jim Chaney as new offensive coordinator

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's official.

Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt has hired Jim Chaney as the program's new offensive coordinator.

The official announcement was made Wednesday.

Chaney was among a small group of coaches considered to be in the mix for the position, including Tee Martin and Steve Sarkisian.

Chaney was Tennessee's offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012.

Chaney was most recently the offensive coordinator under Kirby Smart at Georgia.

Georgia's offense scored nearly 40 points/game this season, ranking 14th nationally.

He just completed the first year of a three-year deal with the Bulldogs.

According to ESPN's Chris Low, Chaney will make somewhere around $1.5 million per year, which would make him one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the country.

“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."

Chaney replaces Tyson Helton, who was named the head coach at Western Kentucky in December.