Les Miles comments on John Chavis

LSU coach Les Miles commented Monday on defensive coordinator John Chavis, who's been connected to the open position at Texas A&M

LSU coach Les Miles is hopeful to retain all of his assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator John Chavis, who's receiving interest from an SEC rival.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Chavis was connected to the open coordinator position at Texas A&M, where the Aggies fired Mark Snyder at the end of the season. There's been no word whether Chavis has any interest in leaving Baton Rouge for College Station, and Miles didn't offer up much information himself.

"I have no real feeling there," Miles said. "I'm going to speak to all my coaches. There's a want to be here and enjoyment of LSU. They recognize the advantages we have as a football program. I think they've enjoyed it. But they're a very talented group of men, and they have opportunities."

LSU's in the process of working on a new contract for Chavis, according to reports. A three-year, $4 million deal has been reported, though Chavis has not signed it yet.

That figure makes Chavis one of the top five highest paid assistant coaches on a staff that leads the country in collective salary. Miles said he recognizes that it takes money to retain a staff like this.

"There's a philosophy of when you have good people, you invest in them," Miles said. "This is a pretty good staff, and it costs money to have them here. We pay our staff very well. That's good news. That's one of the reasons we win. It's one of the reasons we anticipate winning."

Chavis had his contract extended one year through 2015, according to The Advocate. Five other assistant had contracts expire after this season — Adam Henry, Steve Ensminger, Frank Wilson, Brick Haley and Corey Raymond. Miles said earlier in the week that two of the five have already signed new deals, but did not specify which ones.

Wilson was a candidate for the head coaching position at Troy but was not chosen.

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Les Miles discussed several other topics during his press conference Monday. He provided an update on Kenny Hilliard's status, discussed underclassmen leaving for the NFL and his take of the Notre Dame offense. Click the link below for all the news and notes from his presser.


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