According to a report by KBTX — A College Station TV station, Chavis filed the suit Friday afternoon. At issue is the $400,000 LSU claims its owed by the former defensive coordinator because he terminated his contract early.
The Advocate reported later Friday evening that LSU filed a countersuit for a breach of contract. According to this suit, LSU claims that Chavis violated his contract by communicating with Texas A&M officials without LSU's permission.
Chavis claims he has the right terminate his contract without cause if he files a 30-day notice with LSU. According to the report, he gave LSU that notice on Jan. 5 and that his final day of work with LSU was Feb. 4.
Chavis submitted his notice three days after LSU athletic director Joe Alleva demanded that Chavis pay the buyout owed to the University.
Texas A&M didn't officially announce it had hired Chavis until Feb. 13, though there's plenty of evidence that Chavis had begun acting as an Aggie assistant long before that date.
Kevin Sumlin admitted in an interview last month that he was on the phone with Chavis the day of LSU's bowl game on Dec. 30. That was first inadvertently leaked by Sumlin's pool boy, who tweeted that he'd seen the A&M coach on the phone.
Less than two weeks after Chavis claimed he submitted his 30-day notice to LSU, the new Aggie defensive coordinator began appearing in pictures with potential recruits. This picture was posted on Jan. 15 by Kris Boyd, who ended up signing with Texas:
He was out recruiting for Texas A&M on Jan. 15 pic.twitter.com/imbQf0rhJg— Hunter Paniagua (@HunterPaniagua) February 27, 2015
Chavis has also filed suit against his current employer, claiming that if he does have to pay the buyout to LSU, then Texas A&M should have to cover the cost.
Both universities issued statements Friday regarding the ongoing litigation. Texas A&M's read:
"There is not a dispute between Coach Chavis and Texas A&M," said in the statement. "The University stands behind its commitment to Coach Chavis to pay any buyout due to LSU. The issue is that Texas A&M disagrees with LSU that any buyout payment is actually due."
“Late Friday afternoon, amid an ongoing dialogue between LSU and former LSU football defensive coordinator John Chavis, LSU received notice that Chavis has sued LSU in Texas state court. The lawsuit, which was filed in Brazos County, Texas, concerns Chavis’ early termination of his employment contract with LSU."
“The state of Texas is not a proper venue to decide a contractual dispute between Louisiana State University and one of its former coaches, and LSU will pursue immediate dismissal of Chavis’ suit. LSU has also initiated a legal action against Chavis in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to recover the $400,000 buy-out owed to LSU by Chavis. LSU regrets that what is ordinarily a simple matter must be resolved in litigation, but it will vigorously defend the contractual and constitutional rights of the University.”