LSU’s athletic department revealed in court filings that it had altered the terms of former defensive coordinator John Chavis’ contract after the contract was signed, according to a report from The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
LSU argues that the changes made to the contract were “nominal” and had nothing to do with the details of Chavis’ deal, according to Dellenger. Three lines of Chavis’ contract were altered, according to The Advocate.
A judge also announced that Chavis would be required to turn over phone records for a 14-week timeframe dating back to Nov. 14, according to Dellenger. The judge also allowed Chavis’ defamation suit against LSU to proceed, according to the report.
Chavis and LSU have undergone a legal battle involving Chavis’ buyout clause. The university contends that Chavis owes the school $400,000 for breaking his contract early, while Chavis believes LSU owes him $200,000 in vacation wages and academic performance bonuses plus an additional $445,000 in penalties, according to Dellenger.
The phone records will be vital evidence in the buyout suit if Chavis officially left LSU for Texas A&M before Jan. 31, 2015 because the buyout amount after Jan. 31, 2015 is zero, according to Dellenger.
The question surrounding this case will be when Chavis officially left LSU for A&M. That important date could dictate how the rest of this legal battle plays out.