Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Former LSU, and now current Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis.

Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis' hiring at Texas A&M was officially announced in a news release Friday.

“John Chavis has a long, highly successful career as both a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in the SEC," Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. "He has already brought new insights and a great level of intensity to our staff and players as we begin preparing for the 2015 season.

"Our philosophy has always been to get the best players in the right positions, and the same holds true for our coaching staff. I am excited about our coaches on the defensive side of the ball and look forward to spring practice beginning on March 2.”

Chavis, who left for Texas A&M after the Tigers’ loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, submitted a resignation letter to LSU on Jan. 5, four days after he landed in College Station, Texas, with Sumlin. Chavis’ letter, two sentences in length, was addressed to LSU coach Les Miles and also was sent to Alleva.

“I have enjoyed my time at LSU and truly wish you the best in the future,” Chavis wrote to Miles in the letter.

New LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, hired to replace Chavis earlier this month, has a two-year contract for $1 million a year. Steele’s salary is $300,000 less than what Chavis made.