It’s finally over.
John Chavis’ 30-month-old fight with LSU has ended.
The lawsuit was dismissed Friday, according to documents The Advocate obtained, marking the end of a long-standing court battle between the former LSU defensive coordinator and his old school.
The Advocate reported last week that the two parties were working towards a settlement, something that’s likely been reached given the dismissal filing. Details on a settlement were not known. Attorneys involved in the suit either did not responded to messages for comment or declined comment Monday.
The two parties filed a joint motion to dismiss the lawsuit last week. It was signed by a judge Friday.
The bitter fight between Chavis and the university was over a $400,000 buyout the school says he owes for leaving for Texas A&M, in December 2014, before the buyout clause in his contract ended. Chavis, in Year 3 as A&M’s defensive coordinator, claims he did not leave before Feb. 1, 2015, the buyout end date. Photographs, however, have emerged showing Chavis recruiting in Aggies gear in January 2015.
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The latest ruling in the case came in April, when the First Circuit Court of Appeals denied Chavis’ motion to dismiss the case. Jill Craft, the coach’s lawyer, filed the motion in August based on the school altering language in Chavis’ contract after he signed it.
LSU admitted to altering Chavis’ contract in court during a hearing in December 2015, but claim the alterations were “nominal” and did not change the language in the buyout clause. The case was being presided over by Judge Timothy Kelly in the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish. Kelly had urged the two sides to reach a settlement.
Texas A&M was responsible for the coach’s buyout, according to his contract with the Aggies. Chavis also claims LSU owes him more than $200,000 in unpaid vacation wages and academic performance bonuses and another $445,000 in penalty wages.
Chavis’ attorney, Craft, grilled several former and current LSU administrators about the contract during depositions last summer. Peppered with questions, former coach Les Miles, LSU chief financial officer Mark Ewing and athletic director Joe Alleva all said the meaning of the buyout did not change with the rewording of a section.
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