Les Miles might have a job again before the LSU legal mess with former defensive coordinator John Chavis ends.
A Baton Rouge judge said Monday that the case should be heard by a jury and the 2011 contract and a later amended contract which was never signed should be seen in the same light according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Chavis’ lead attorney, Jill Craft, said after Monday’s hearing that she’ll ask the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal to review and reverse Kelley’s ruling.
Craft argued during the hearing — the first in the contentious case since LSU head coach Les Miles was fired Sept. 25 — that Chavis’ three-year deal, which stipulated he would owe LSU a $400,000 buyout if he left the school before Jan. 31, 2015, is void because of the alterations the university later made to the contract in 2013.
Chavis claims LSU owes him money instead, a trial date for the case hasn’t been set. LSU board of supervisors’ lawyer Larry Phillips said the wording changed of Chavis’ buyout in the amended contract, but not the substance according to The Advocate.
Texas A&M is responsible for Chavis’ buyout, according to his contract with the Aggies.
Chavis claims LSU owes him more than $200,000 in unpaid vacation time and academic performance bonuses, plus another $445,000 in penalty wages.
LSU sued him in February 2015, when he also filed his own lawsuit against LSU in Texas. That suit was dismissed last year.
Miles currently remains unemployed while Chavis is currently in the midst of the season with Texas A&M