John Chavis, new defensive coordinator for Texas A&M, has filed a lawsuit against his new employer Texas A&M and his former employer Louisiana State University over his contract situation. The issue in question is weather LSU is owed money for Chavis ending his contact earlier this year, and if so, weather A&M is obligated to pay some or all of it.
The lawsuit filed on Friday states that Chavis was under contract until the end of 2011, but two contract extensions extended his deal to December 31, 2015. According to the suit, when the 2014 season ended, another extension was being discussed but contract talks broke down. Chavis claims that under his contract he was given the right to terminate his employment with LSU without cause as long as he gave a 30-day notice. Chavis add that if there was zero to 11 months left on the contract, he would owe nothing but if there were 11-23 months left on deal he would owe $400,000.
Chavis claims Director of Athletics Joe Alleva demanded he pay the university $400,000 on January 2 but Chavis says he turned in his 30-day notice on January 5 which would terminate his contract on February 4, which would fall in the 11 month range of the original contracts ‘out’ clause that Chavis possessed.
Chavis feels his new employer, Texas A&M, is obligated to satisfy any financial damages left at LSU but they are currently not willing to pay in financial debt.