Former coach looking to recoup losses
LSU is in the midst of a heated legal battle with former defensive coordinator John Chavis. If you recall earlier in the year, Chavis made an abrupt departure to Texas A&M, assuming the same role with the Aggies as he had with the Tigers. He then turned around and decided to sue LSU over his $400,000 buyout clause. Chavis claims that he does not have to pay it per his contract; however LSU believes that he started work with the Aggies before he was contractually allowed, per the buyout clause. There are also photos floating around of Chavis appearing to be actively recruiting for Texas A&M before the January 31 deadline.
Nearly a violation of recruiting rules
To muddy the situation even more, if Chavis, who was in Texas A&M gear, wasn’t part of the coaching staff, then he would have been committing NCAA recruiting violations that would put the Aggies on the hook. LSU has currently filed a motion to dismiss Chavis’ case that was brought forth in Brazos County, Texas. The school believes that the legal matter does not belong in the state of Texas, but rather Louisiana.
In the process of filing the dismissal request, and this is what makes college football so fantastic, LSU’s legal team took a shot at Texas A&M.
“The only fact implicating Texas (in the suit) is that Chavis happened to defect to Texas A&M and chose to begin working for A&M before his service to LSU was complete,” the new filing says, according to The Advocate. “Notwithstanding the Aggies dire need for defensive help, Chavis could have defected to a college or professional team in any state, or even in a foreign country.”
Most folks would agree that the Aggies were in “dire need for defensive help.” Last season they ranked No. 77 in scoring defense and No. 104 in total defense, the latter of which was worst in the SEC. It’ll be interesting to see if Chavis is the man to fix the Aggies’ problems, especially come Saturday, Nov. 28.
Circle your calendar, fans, because this lawsuit will only heat the budding LSU vs. Texas A&M rivalry up. Doesn’t matter who is on the side lines though, these teams will always have a reason to get at each other. These are the kind of rivalries that make the game great, though. So let’s hope that both parties can come to a mutually beneficial agreement, and we can get back to playing some good old fashioned football. Do you think this was a little much? I mean, defecting over to a rival like that , and then suing your former team?