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John Chavis to earn $1.5 million in 2015

USA Today

USA Today

More than four months after leaving Baton Rouge for College Station, John Chavis' contract details have emerged thanks to Kate Hairopoulos.

Chavis will earn $1.5 million in 2015, a $200,000 raise from his 2014 salary at LSU, with $50,000 raises following in 2016 and 2017. As for bonuses, Chavis will receive:

- $45,000 for an SEC West title
- $60,000 for an SEC championship
- $30,000 for a non-New Year's Six/Citrus Bowl appearance
- $45,000 for a Citrus Bowl appearance
- $60,000 for a non-playoff New Year's Six game
- $75,000 for a College Football Playoff semifinal appearance
- $90,000 for reaching a College Football Playoff championship game
- $120,000 for winning the College Football Playoff

All told, if Texas A&M wins SEC and national championships in 2017 Chavis would earn $1.78 million in salary and bonuses, more than three Power Five head coaches earned in 2014.

The most interesting part? The contract places Chavis' first "official" day at Texas A&M as Feb. 12, although Chief was photographed in maroon and white well before that date.

LSU and Chavis are currently battling in court over $400,000 the Tigers believe their former defensive coordinator owes them for leaving before the end of his contract date. The difference between Chavis v. LSU and a suit between Oklahoma State and Texas offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline is that Texas A&M has pledged to cover Chavis' buyout should the courts not rule in his favor.

John Chavis contract