Former LSU defensive coordinator and current Texas A&M coordinator John Chavis deflected questions about coach Les Miles’ job security and says he’s “excited” about walking into Tiger Stadium “as an Aggie.”
Chavis addressed reporters in College Station, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon during a weekly news conference. Most of the questions centered around what’s expected to be a drama-filled meeting with his former school.
Chavis left for Texas A&M after last season, and Chavis and the school are locked in a nasty lawsuit. Meanwhile, Miles’ 11-year tenure at LSU could be coming to a close just 11 months after “the Chief” left his staff for A&M.
“This is going to be about Texas A&M and LSU on the football field,” Chavis said in response to a question about Miles’ situation. “I don’t know what’s going on, not concerned with it. You move on. I spent six years in Baton Rouge. Enjoyed my time there. Most of the people were good to me. A lot of good memories.
“Football is football. As coaches in this business, you know you’re going to run in those situations,” he said.
LSU (7-3, 4-3) and Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) meet on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, and Chavis is pumped about playing at a place in which he helped lead to 62 wins in six seasons.
“Been there a bunch,” he said when asked about returning to Tiger Stadium. “It’s SEC football. That’s what it’s all about. I’m excited about walking in there as an Aggie.”
Chavis coached nearly all of LSU’s current defensive starters.
“A lot of good kids I really care for,” he said. “Wish them the best, but not on this Saturday.”
Also Monday, A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said he and his staff have seen the reports and rumblings about Miles’ job security.
“I have a lot of respect for Les Miles has done as a coach and is doing as a coach at LSU,” Sumlin said. “I don’t know enough about what’s going on. I hear things. Every situation is different. I don’t know the details but you can’t help (it) in this business. (Former SEC commissioner) Mike Slive said it best. There are 14 guys in that (SEC coaches’) room, lots of personalities, but there are 14 guys who live in the same house fighting for the same thing all of the time.”
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