LSU parted ways with Les Miles on Sunday after 12 years of coaching the Tigers, but they parted ways with defensive coordinator John Chavis much sooner than that. Chavis held his position from 2009 to 2014 and is now the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, which means he can talk pretty freely about his time in Baton Rouge.
While there were rumors that Miles almost got fired last year, Chavis says that the school had been trying to fire him much sooner than that. According to ESPN’s Chris Low, Chavis knew that there were some power brokers trying to get rid of Miles while he was there. This quote might be the most telling.
“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.”
It’s quite unfortunate that Miles has had to prove people wrong for so much of his tenure at the school. He won a BCS National Championship, competed in another and went 7-4 in bowl games. Miles finished with a 114-34 record at LSU and was 141-55 if you include his wins at Oklahoma State.
[h/t Saturday Down South]