When John Chavis became a member of Texas A&M’s coaching staff last winter, many Aggies fans rejoiced upon learning the well-regarded coordinator would be overseeing a defense that yielded the 11th-most points in the SEC last season (28.1 per game).
What they may not have known at the time, however, was that Chavis turned down a more lucrative contract offer from LSU before making College Station his new coaching home. Chavis — then in his sixth season with the Tigers — rejected a three-year, $5.4 million contract offer following LSU’s 31-28 defeat in the Music City Bowl, according to court documents obtained by Ross Dellenger of The Advocate.
Apparently, Chavis had resolved to leave Death Valley weeks earlier after his relationship with the university and athletic director Joe Alleva soured over a disagreement about his existing LSU contract. Dellenger delves into all of the tangled details.
“The Chief,” as Chavis is also known, went on to sign a deal with Texas A&M that pays him $4.65 million in guaranteed total salary over the next three seasons. His fallout with LSU has given the defensively-challenged Aggies a coach who fielded some of the SEC’s toughest units at LSU and had a penchant for turning those players into top NFL prospects (six Tigers defenders became first-round draft picks in his time there).
So not only did Texas A&M land a talented defensive coordinator with 26 years of SEC experience, but they hired him away from an SEC West rival at a $750,000 discount.
LSU’s loss looks like the Aggies’ gain.
Talked to John Chavis today. He said best thing for him in opener was seeing A&M's def. players have fun after being beat up last 2 years.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) September 10, 2015