Texas A&M has reached out to LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis about its open coordinator position, multiple sources told The Advocate on Sunday.
Chavis’ intentions are not clear. LSU has offered Chavis a new contract with an extension, but it has not been signed, sources said as of Monday morning.
Chavis just completed his sixth regular season as defensive coordinator on coach Les Miles’ staff. He came to the Tigers from Tennessee in 2009.
LSU’s defense has finished in the top 15 nationally each of the past four seasons. The 2014 defense is ranked eighth — first in the Southeastern Conference — as the Tigers (8-4) head into a matchup with Notre Dame (7-5) in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.
Chavis has a contract that ends next December. It pays him $1.3 million a year, third nationally among college football assistants, according to USA Today.
The buyout details of Chavis’ contract remain murky. His original contract, signed in 2012 and ending at the end of this month, had a buyout of $400,000 for the last year of the deal.
The contract was extended through December 2015, according to a letter of agreement provided to The Advocate. It’s unclear whether the new year includes a buyout.
Texas A&M has been without a defensive coordinator for nearly a month; coach Kevin Sumlin fired Mark Snyder days after the Tigers beat the Aggies 23-17 on Thanksgiving. Snyder made $700,000 per year and had a deal that ran through 2015.
This is at least the third time a school has reached out to Chavis since he has been in Baton Rouge. Texas and Georgia also flirted with the coach.
LSU has offered extensions to five position coaches whose contracts expire in March: running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, defensive line coach Brick Haley, receivers coach Adam Henry, tight ends coach Steve Ensminger and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond. At least two of the five have signed extensions, Miles said Friday, without specifying which coaches.
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