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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis recently spoke with ESPN.com and said that he wasn't surprised that Les Miles was fired, suggesting that the school wanted to fire him back when he was there.
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Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis, who was Les Miles' defensive coordinator for six seasons at LSU, told ESPN.com Monday that he sensed toward the end of his tenure that power brokers were plotting to force Miles out as head coach.

"It's always sad to see a man and a coach the caliber of Les get pushed out," Chavis said. "He's a Hall of Famer and a legend in the state of Louisiana. I was blessed that he gave me an opportunity to coach at a place like LSU, but I can't say I'm surprised that he's gone. They were trying to fire him when I was there, and I told him so."

Chavis saw a similar situation unfold at Tennessee when future Hall of Famer Phillip Fulmer was fired in 2008. Chavis, one of the most respected defensive coordinators in the college game, left LSU for Texas A&M following the 2013 season. He said his issues were never with Miles, but that he didn't trust the LSU administration.
Chavis was the defensive coordinator at LSU for six years but left after the 2014 season for the same job at Texas A&M.
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ParrishGore93 months
Chavis is about a two-faced hypocrite. If I remember correctly, one of the reason he left LSU for A and M was he wanted to coach on a team with better offense. That may not be exactly what he said, but it's the jest of it. He commented that he was tired of his defense having to, save-the-day for the team to win. Again, that's not a quote, it's just what I gathered he was getting at when he talked about his reason for leaving. For some reason now there's people everywhere suggesting LSU was dirty in firing Les Miles. That's a crock of BS. Miles knew what time it is. He knew the offense needed to get better. But it has only gotten worse since last season. There has been a lot of coaches in college football who realized the game had passed them up. And a lot of those coaches did what they had to do to win. You hire people who can get the job done and you leave them alone and let them do it. A college head coach doesn't need to be a great or even a good coach. They just need to hire people who are and let them do their job. Miles refused to change things and get someone in there who could be a successful OC. But, he didn't. So, it's no anyone's fault he was terminated other than his own. If LSU's offense would have scored some against Wisconsin and Auburn, Les would still be the coach. IDK, but when a man isn't doing his job then it's time someone else is given an opportunity to get the job done.
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Tiger198893 months
Typical "3rd" and Chavis coming in too late just like he did for us against Bama three times.
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rob6293 months
Tennessee dors not make more money than LSU. LSU is listed as one of the top 5 most valuable football programs by Forbes for 5 or more years running. Money has never been a problem at LSU and isn't now. Also for every coach who gets run off and the program suffers there are programs which prosper as a result of change. What happened at both UTs has no bearing whatsoever to LSU. I supported Miles as long as possible nut if you can't see that the program had gotten stale then you are blind. Cam Cameron was a horrible OC and QB Coach but Miles refused to change Which would have required firing Cameron. Miles did this to himself. Good luck to him but LSU is moving forward and all who want to dwell on Miles can twiddle their thumbs on the corner all by themselves.
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AndrewD93 months
Chavis was smart enough to see that the board cared more about money and contracts than winning games. The same thing happened at Tennessee, and Texas. Those schools make much more money than LSU and haven't won nearly as many games.
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DontCare93 months
He was so concerned for and about Miles that he mailed it in against ND, after having spoken to that drunk of an A&M coach earlier that day, then tried to con the university out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, huh? Interdasting.
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dgnx693 months
Makes sense, people in charge of LU are morons.
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Vernonbrew2293 months
Have. Autocorrect
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Vernonbrew2293 months
I sure hope the chief does not scalp up this year in College Station. We gave had a great run against them
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Vernonbrew2293 months
We gave had btw
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Vernonbrew2293 months
Have. Autocorrect. I hate u
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Stud Bud93 months
It's like these motherfrickers expect a lifetime contract and you can just duck off all the time as long as you don't have a losing season.
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SkintBack93 months
I saw him at Waffle House eating for two. Huge bitch.
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Barbellthor93 months
Chavis told us nothing we didn't already know.
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TaderSalad93 months
Chavis is obviously butthurt that he has no idea which style of offense we'll run this year.
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Blind Zebras93 months
Right Chief. They pushed him out just like your buddy Fulmer for very good reasons. Both universities have an expectation of excellence. If you cannot provide excellence, like Fulmer and Miles couldn't towards the end of both tenures; then it's time for a change. You should worry more about the 500 yards Arky dropped on your defense. Because your alma mater, Bama, and Ole Miss gonna go in dry
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camplsu93 months
He ain't nothing but a squaw.
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LC41200093 months
Allow me to day this in all sincerity to The Indian or whatever in the hell they call him: ESAD MFer and pay us back our money
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Hester Carries93 months
I wish this dude would STFU
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RadBro93 months
Salty little midget bitch.
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