New Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is beginning to fill out his staff.
The program announced Saturday that it has hired Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney for the same position. Chaney spent a year with the Panthers after working at Arkansas.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Smart will quickly put Chaney to work.
Multiple other outlets are also reporting that Chaney will be hired by the Bulldogs. Georgia’s school plane filed a flight plan to go to Pittsburgh on Saturday morning.
The idea would be for new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart to introduce Chaney — who coached Drew Brees in college — to five-star quarterback recruit Jacob Eason, who is in Athens this weekend.
Eason, the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country according to Rivals, was recruited to Georgia by now-Miami coach Mark Richt. Convincing Eason to go to Georgia with Smart in charge of the team and Chaney in charge of the offense would be a coup for the Bulldogs.
And it would be a huge win for Georgia fans who were frustrated with Schottenheimer's offense in 2015. A season-ending injury to RB Nick Chubb only helped complicate matters as Georgia's offense had no rhythm throughout the season. Greyson Lambert, who was 24-25 passing against South Carolina, didn't even start against Florida as Faton Bauta threw four interceptions.
Pitt's offensive statistics in 2015 weren't eye-popping, but the Panthers lost running back James Conner for the season in the first game thanks to a torn MCL. When he was at Arkansas in 2014, Chaney had two 1,000+ yard rushers in Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins.
Chaney was at Arkansas for two seasons. Before he was with the Razorbacks he was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee from 2009-2012 and served as the team's interim head coach following the departure of Derek Dooley.
In addition to Chaney, Smart also announced the addition of Sam Pittman as offensive line coach. Pittman coached with Chaney at Arkansas and Tennessee.
"Jim and Sam are highly respected nationally as individual coaches," Smart said in a statement. "But together we have a tandem that has worked alongside each other before in the SEC and been extremely productive and successful."
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