In his first meeting with reporters covering Texas A&M since he left LSU, defensive coordinator John Chavis praised his new school and its fans Thursday.
"Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of this program?" Chavis asked the media assembled, according to a Houston Chronicle report.
Before he was hired by A&M, Chavis said he'd always thought the Aggies had some of the best fans he's seen.
"I’ve not seen a classier group of fans than I did in Aggieland," Chavis said.
As for the pending lawsuit Chavis has filed against LSU, Chavis didn't say much besides that any comments he made wouldn't assist him in the legal battle.
Chavis and LSU recently filed lawsuits against each other as the sides continue to squabble over whether the former LSU assistant owes a $400,000 buyout.
The fight, on both sides, is over a $400,000 buyout that LSU and Athletic Director Joe Alleva believe Chavis owes the school.
Chavis contends he does not owe the buyout, according to his suit. LSU, in its suit, says Chavis owes the buyout because he terminated his contract before the start of the 11th month of the deal.
Chavis’ contract, obtained by The Advocate, calls for a buyout of $400,000 if the coach leaves before Jan. 31, 2015. Chavis says his final day was Feb. 4. He says he turned in a 30-day notice to terminate the contract without cause Jan. 5.
LSU’s suit says Chavis met with Texas A&M officials and “confirmed media reports” Jan. 1 that he had been hired by the Aggies.
Here's a sampling of some of Chavis' comments:
New Texas A&M DC John Chavis said he's inherited 'SEC talent,' it's a privilege to coach at A&M and he hopes to retire here (after 8-10 yrs)— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) March 6, 2015
LSU hosts Texas A&M in the 2015 regular season finale on Nov. 28 in Tiger Stadium.