LSU is currently finalizing a contract for defensive coordinator John Chavis that will not only keep Chavis at LSU, but will increase his pay to 900,000$ in 2012, 1.1 million in 2013, and 1.3 million in 2014. This will make Chavis one of the highest paid assistants in the country.
Chavis left Tennessee after 14 seasons, when Fulmer was fired.
Chavis won the Broyles Award last season as the nation’s top assistant coach and has improved the defense, keeping the Tigers in the top 11 of scoring defense for all 3 of the seasons he has been an assistant for the Tigers.
LSU’s Les Miles had this to say about Chavis
“He’s turned down opportunities. He could easily have been at any number of places in the SEC as defensive coordinator for a huge raise,” LSU coach Les Miles told Gannett Louisiana Newspapers. “So I think this is really just market value. I think what we’ve done on defense has established LSU as a very dominant mainstay of defensive football for three years,” Miles said. “I think this makes the statement that we will make a commitment to defensive play and excellent coaching, and I think that’s exactly what we should do.”
Chavis has had multiple chances to leave LSU for other jobs, but has turned them all down and remained loyal to LSU, which Les Miles also appreciates.
“[He's been] tremendously loyal to LSU and our football program.”
LSU is projected to be one of the top teams going into the 2012 season, defense included.