LSU put up; now it’s time for Chavis to pay up

It’s time for John Chavis to pay.

Plain and simple.

Chavis made headlines late last month when the school’s former defensive coordinator filed suit against LSU, claiming he doesn’t owe a $400,000 contractual buyout.

Texas A&M officially announced Chavis’ hiring in mid-February, six weeks after he stepped off a private plane in College Station to start his new job.

Chavis says he started his new job Feb. 4. His contract with LSU says he owed the buyout if he left before Jan. 31, 2015.

Does anyone really think that Chavis began working for Texas A&M on the day before national signing day, Feb. 5?

The dispute is a lot about money and also about hard feelings.

Chavis was clearly rankled with the contract extension he was offered by LSU. The contract extension said LSU could terminate the deal if Les Miles were no longer the head coach.

Even if Miles was happy with Chavis, that clause indicated that some at LSU wouldn’t be upset if Chavis left for another job.

And, so he did.

And, Chavis clearly ticked off many at LSU when it was discovered he was on the phone with Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin minutes before the Tigers kicked off against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.

The news was broken on Twitter by the guy cleaning Sumlin’s pool.

“Hopefully he’s on the phone with our new DC,” said the tweet on Dec. 30 at 1:49 p.m. Kickoff of the Music City Bowl was at 2 p.m.

A big part of Chavis’ haste to depart LSU was reportedly the Tigers’ lack of progress offensively.

But, a year earlier, LSU wasted one of the greatest seasons by an offense in the history of the Southeastern Conference.

LSU was the first school in the history of the SEC to have a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher all in the same season.

In 2013, LSU couldn’t get a stop in the final minutes of a 44-41 loss at Georgia. The Tigers allowed 28 first downs and 494 yards of offense.

Later that season, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama scored three touchdowns in 15 minutes of the second half on the way to a 38-17 win.

In College Station, Chavis will be coaching on a staff with a far different offensive philosophy.

A&M’s hurry-up offense was 122nd in the FBS in time of possession. LSU was eighth. The disparity between the two was 7 minutes a game.

In the meantime, Chavis’ attorney was clear as to whom he thought was at fault.

“This is a dispute LSU created,” he said. Really?

So, was the contract LSU offered an insult? Maybe so, but business is business.

The folks who paid Chavis millions want their money, and they should get it.

Ed Daniels is sports director of ABC26 WGNO. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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