LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis received a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season, according to a letter of agreement the school provided The Advocate on Monday. Chavis received the extension in January 2013, the letter says.
Chavis’ previous three-year contract with the school ended Dec. 31. The letter of agreement, between Chavis and the school, was not delivered to The Advocate for a story published Sunday on Chavis’ contract despite contract requests. Chavis’ salary of $1.3 million will remain the same for 2015, the letter of agreement notes.
Chavis is in his sixth year as LSU’s defensive coordinator. His group has finished in the top 15 nationally each of the past four years, and this one is ranked 15th.
Chavis received a new three-year contract after the 2011 season paying him $900,000 in 2012, $1.1 million in 2013 and $1.3 million this year.
As reported in Sunday’s Advocate, five LSU assistant coaches have contracts that expire following this season: Frank Wilson (running backs and recruiting coordinator), Adam Henry (receivers), Corey Raymond (defensive backs), Brick Haley (defensive line) and Steve Ensminger (tight ends). Their deals end March 31, 2015.
The contracts of the position assistants have an automatic one-year renewal at the end of their deals unless the school terminates the contract.
LSU has the highest-paid staff in the nation, according to USA Today. Staff members got richer when the Tigers won a sixth game two weeks ago to become bowl-eligible.
The staff will make a combined $215,000 in incentives for reaching a bowl game and could make more depending on the bowl destination. Head coach Les Miles has the largest bowl-game bonus at $50,000.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has a contract running through the 2015 season, and first-year assistants Jeff Grimes (offensive line) and Bradley Dale Peveto (special teams) have three-year deals that run through the 2016 season.
Twelve for 12
Each of LSU’s 12 regular-season games this year will kick off at night.
LSU will visit Arkansas at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in a game to be broadcast on ESPN2, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday.
LSU’s first nine games this season have kicked off after 6 p.m. The Tigers’ game Saturday against No. 4 Alabama (7-1, 4-1) is slated for a 7 p.m. kick, and their matchup with Texas A&M on Thanksgiving will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The game against the Crimson Tide will be LSU’s 10th night game of the season, which had never been done before.
LSU running back Terrence Magee, the Tigers’ second-leading rusher, didn’t practice last week but was expected to return to drills this week, Miles said.
Magee was inadvertently poked in the eye during the 10-7 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 25. He’s expected to play in Saturday’s game against the Crimson Tide.
“Terrence is going to be fine,” Miles said. “He’s going to practice today, and we’d expect him to be ready for the game.”
Robinson not ruled out
Louisiana native Cameron Robinson, Alabama’s starting left tackle, has not been ruled out for the game against LSU, coach Nick Saban told reporters Monday.
Robinson suffered a high ankle sprain on the first series of the Tide’s win over Tennessee on Oct. 25. Robinson was expected to be put through some physical exercises at Monday’s practice, AL.com reported.
Robinson, a former top-ranked offensive tackle prospect from Monroe, chose Alabama over LSU last year.
For the second straight year, LSU’s numbers in the Graduation Success Rate as reported by the NCAA remained at an all-time high for the university.
LSU’s score of 81 continues the trend that has seen the school’s GSR score improve (or remain the same) since the inception of the report in 2005.
LSU’s 12 percent improvement since 2008 ranks as the third-best jump in the SEC, trailing only Alabama and Georgia.