Yesterday, Bielema hired former Wisconsin (co) Defensive Coordinator Chris Ash as his defensive coordinator. Tonight, Arkansas announced Jim Chaney has been hired as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
- He has spent the last 4 years as the Tennessee Vols Offensive Coordinator (SEC experience and recruiting ties);
- Prior to his time in Knoxville, Chaney spent 3 seasons as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Rams (NFL Experience that should help in recruiting);
- Before his stint in the NFL, Chaney was Purdue’s offensive coordinator for 9 seasons, and tutored a guy named Drew Brees (Superstar name to toss around on the recruiting trail);
- At Purdue, Chaney ran the spread (basketball on grass) but at UT, after his NFL stint, he ran more of a pro-style offense. Neither college stop featured a run-first, run-second offense like those implemented at Wisconsin under the Barry Alvarez and Bielema regimes.
- Chaney (like the new Hogs’ defensive coordinator, Ash) has also served as a recruiting coordinator (at Purdue during the Brees era).