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LSU plans to pursue John Chavis’ buyout

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When John Chavis left the LSU Tigers to become the defensive coordinator of the Texas A&M Aggies, he walked away from a $1.3 million contract.

Chavis reportedly wanted his annual salary increased to $1.7 million to make him, along with Auburn’s Will Muschamp, the nation’s highest paid defensive coordinator.

When LSU brass decided that wasn’t going to happen, Chavis refused to sign a new contract. Instead, Texas A&M stepped up to the plate and lured him away to College Station.

Whether or not Texas A&M matched Chavis’ asking price, the assistant coach won’t see the full amount of his contract next season due to a buyout in his previous contract with LSU.

Chavis owes LSU $400,00 as part of the provision, according to The Shreveport Times‘ Glenn Guilbeau. The school intends to pursue the money it is owed.

“I’m not sure if we’ll get it, but we’re going to try to get it,” LSU board member Ronald Anderson told Guilbeau. “That was part of his contract. It’s his obligation.”

Whether or not LSU receives the payment may determine the future of former defensive line coach Brick Haley. Haley is currently on staff, but he was replaced by Ed Orgeron. Unlike Chavis, Haley signed a new contract offered after the season. However, his status along with the $450,000 contract remain uncertain until Chavis’ situation is finalized.

Haley is currently serving as a staff “intern.”

“I’m told that by June, if he decides to stay, they’ll decide what he’ll be doing and that title would change,” Anderson said.

Report: LSU to interview Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop

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When LSU saw John Chavis leave the Tigers to take on the role of defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, a high-profile vacancy opened up at the SEC program in Baton Rouge. A former SEC defensive coordinator has now been connected as a possible target; Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

Shoop, who left Vanderbilt for Penn State when James Franklin was hired by the Nittany Lions, will interview “soon” for the job at LSU according to a report published by The Advocate, citing an anonymous source close to the coaching search. The report goes on to suggest Shoop has some enthusiasm about the possibility of a return to the SEC.

Penn State’s bright spot this season was Shoop’s defense. While the offense may have been hampered by the impact of recruiting restrictions under NCAA sanctions, the defense more often than not was the reason Penn State even managed to play in a bowl game in 2014. Penn State ranked seventh in the nation in defensive scoring and second in total defense this season. In a division that has seen offenses start to open things up, LSU could stand to see improvement on the defensive side of the football, although LSU’s defensive numbers were right in the same territory as Pen State this season in those two particular stats.

LSU has also reportedly shown interest in Oklahoma’s Mike Stoops, who has just been demoted on the staff. LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley and Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele have also been mentioned as potential candidates for the job at LSU.