Tennessee pays big to bring offensive coordinator Jim Chaney back to Knoxville

Chaney leaves OC post at Georgia

Jim Chaney, shown taking questions last month during a news conference before the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, worked as Georgia's offensive coordinator the past three seasons. Now he's coming back to the same position at Tennessee, where he worked from 2009 to 2012.

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee formally announced the addition of offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on Wednesday.

Chaney replaces Tyson Helton, who left after this past season to become the head coach at Western Kentucky.

Chaney, who coached with the Volunteers from 2009 to 2012, spent the past three seasons at Georgia in the same capacity. Since leaving Knoxville after the 2012 season, he made stops at Arkansas (2013-14) and Pittsburgh (2015) before settling in at Athens under Kirby Smart.

Tennessee had to pay to get him: According to a memorandum of understanding released Wednesday afternoon, Chaney signed a three-year deal worth $4.8 million, making him one of the highest-paid offensive coordinators in college football in 2019. He is scheduled to make $1.5 million in 2019, $1.6 million in 2020 and $1.7 in 2021. Tennessee is also responsible for Chaney's $500,000 buyout at Georgia.