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LSU approves roughly $1 million in raises for coaching staff

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Keeping up with contract news since it appears that’s today’s trending topic, LSU’s board has approved roughly $1 million in raises to the football program’s assistant coaches.

Interestingly enough, head coach Les Miles will not be on the receiving end of a pay bump. Instead, he will stay at $3.8 million annually.

Defensive coordinator John Chavis is set to receive the biggest raise of all assistant coaches: $200,000 annually to bring him to $900,000 this season, $1.1 million in 2013 and $1.3 million in 2014, Additionally, the following bumps are set to be finalized:

  • A $225,000 raise for recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Frank Wilson.  That would put him at $550,000 in 2012. That will go up to $600,000 in 2013 and $650,000 2014,
  • Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Greg Studrawa will receive a $200,000 raise to put him at $500,000.
  • Quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe is expected to see a salary reduction by $300,000 to $400,000 because of less responsibility, but should still make $425,000 in 2013 and $450,000 in 2014 as part of his contract.
  • Tight ends coach Steve Ensminger will go from $210,000 to $230,000 in 2012, $250,000 in 2013 and $300,000 in 2014.
  • Defensive line coach Brick Haley will go from $380,000 to $400,000 this year, $420,000 in 2013 and $440,000 in 2014.
  • Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey is in line for a raise from $275,000 to $290,000 in 2012, to $300,000 in 2013 and to $310,000 in 2014.
  • Wide receivers coach Adam Henry is expected to make $300,000 a year in 2012, $310,000 in 2013 and $320,000 in 2014.
  • Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is set to make $300,000 annually for the next three years.

(Hat tip: USA Today) 

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22 Responses to “LSU approves roughly $1 million in raises for coaching staff”
  1. Deb says: Jun 8, 2012 9:26 PM

    Congrats to all these assistants, but especially Chavis, on a well-deserved pay raise. Corey Raymond’s got big shoes to fill stepping into Ron Cooper’s role as defensive backs coach, but Cooper left behind exceptional talent for him to work with.

  2. suprmous says: Jun 8, 2012 10:14 PM

    I really hope that this satisfies all of you naysayers who’ve had ugly things to say bout Coach Miles bein greedy. Just goes to show once again you were spoutin your mouth off about somethin you didn’t know Jack about. How sweet it is to have such a talented group of coaches as these.

  3. canetic says: Jun 8, 2012 11:26 PM

    How much were they players’ raises?

  4. Deb says: Jun 8, 2012 11:41 PM

    Miles has a clause in his contract that stipulates he must be paid $1,000 more than the highest-paid coach in the SEC if he wins a National Championship. So if he’d beaten the Tide in January, he’d have received a $5,580,000 raise ($980,000/year for the remaining six years of his contract). That would have put him above Saban’s scheduled 2012 salary, which was at gametime projected to be the highest in the SEC for the coming season.

    The only reason Miles didn’t get a raise is because he didn’t win the game.

  5. woebegong says: Jun 9, 2012 7:25 AM

    Pay your leaders well and they will lead well. Let them lag behind the rest of the field and your team will start to do the same thing. Everybody likes to be appreciated and in today’s world, appreciation just about always equates to money.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 9, 2012 8:52 AM

    LSU Sports Information and sports radio in Baton Rouge was reporting from before the BCS that Miles, along with AD Aleva, working on the raises for Chavis and other assistants. Chavis is now the best paid assistant in college football, and other assistants are near the top.

    The championship clause in Miles’ contract, as with Saban’s when he was at LSU, is still in effect. If LSU wins the BCS this season, he will receive the $5 million bonus. Though Chavis and other assistants are not included in the championship bonus clause, it is thought they also will receive performance bonuses at the same time or shortly afterward.

  7. Deb says: Jun 9, 2012 12:19 PM

    @alligatorsnapper …

    Yes, that’s why I said he “has” that clause in his contract. I believe when LSU put that clause in Saban’s contract, it was the first of its kind. Now there’s a performance incentive :)

  8. jfinn5 says: Jun 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    Show the films of Lawrence Taylor last game of his career against the Niners. Corry Raymond and that D got smoked by Ricky Waters for 5 touchdowns.

  9. Deb says: Jun 9, 2012 2:35 PM

    @jfinn5 …

    ROFL … true! But as a corner, it wasn’t Raymond’s job to control Waters. At least he knows what not to do :)

  10. dmcgrann says: Jun 10, 2012 12:34 AM

    Okay, I don’t have a problem with any of this. Heck, even if I did, I’d have nothing to say about it, because it’s none of my business. But…

    When you can pay your guys so much as assistants, I would think it tends to keep them “down on the farm” and deprives other programs of good coaching. It also may serve to keep these assistants from moving upward and being “all that they can be”. Can’t blame them if they want to take a ride as an assistant at LSU versus becoming a head coach at, say, Georgia State, just to pluck a name out of thin air, but these guys are adults and should be able to balance money versus potential professional accomplishments.

    I just don’t know. Having a lot of really, really long-time guys hasn’t worked out at some places (i.e. Penn State); it has in others (see Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster).

  11. Deb says: Jun 10, 2012 1:19 PM

    @dmcgrann …

    Good point about Penn State. But LSU’s assistants are being rewarded for their accomplishments rather than their tenure. The motto for most SEC teams is “What have you done for me lately?” If you don’t produce today, you don’t get to stay and rest on your laurels. (See: Fulmer, Phil).

    I think being paid well would keep an assistant from taking the first HC opening offered to him just to get a shot. But as with McElwain at Bama, the money won’t stop them from taking the right opportunity when it comes along.

  12. foreverlsu says: Jun 11, 2012 8:20 AM

    …and before anyone complains about how much money these coaches make in tough economic times, consider that the LSU athletic department is one of about a dozen schools that operates in the black, receives no state funds, and actually gives back approximately $6 million/year to the university.

  13. Deb says: Jun 11, 2012 12:03 PM

    @foreverlsu ….

    So that’s it! I congratulated LSU’s coaches on their well-deserved pay raises and praised their secondary coach and talent … but got overwhelming thumbs down for speaking well of your school. Guess some of these LSU fans are upset about those coaches getting a raise in tough economic times. Why else would they give so many thumbs down to a positive comment about their program? 😉

  14. packerbadger says: Jun 11, 2012 4:53 PM

    Sounds about right for the leaders of the Somewhat Educated Conference. I’m guessing since they don’t put too much emphasis on edjamacation, their “graduates” average starting salary is somewhere around $7.50/hr.

    Or is it Slightly Educated Conference?

  15. Deb says: Jun 11, 2012 5:05 PM

    @packerbadger …

    Gee, I knew the Pack was cheap, but is that the best you can offer the 11 SEC players on your current roster? Sad.

    Let me guess … you majored in Sore Losing and Regional Bigotry?

  16. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jun 11, 2012 7:24 PM

    I rarely get on the computer, so I never see the thumbs up or down on comments. However I’m always reading something from my cell, it’s a phase!! You have to remember some people can’t see beyond the colors of their teams, unfortunately every program have a few, even NFL teams.., look at packer head there!! I appreciate other perspective and have learned a lot from other’s post.
    People need to realize that what they say and do is reflection on the teams they support.
    The first game of LSU vs Stone in the Super Regional, Stone’s pitcher got standing ovation from the ten thousand plus LSU fans that were present that day when he shoot LSU’s offense down for seven ending. Made me Pride to be a Tiger !!!!

  17. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jun 11, 2012 7:26 PM

    That’s … “shut” not shoot, damn auto correct.

  18. Deb says: Jun 11, 2012 10:42 PM

    @thecrazyasian …

    I’ve been a college football fan for many years and have met some fine LSU fans both in person and on these blogs–including yourself. CFT gets as many as 8 million readers during its peak periods and only the tiniest percentage of those readers ever comment or use the thumbs feature. I’d never judge an entire fanbase by the actions of a bunch of petty fools who get together to bully people on a blog anymore than I’d want people to judge me by the idiot who poisoned Auburn’s trees. Every fanbase has its share of idiots. At least yours haven’t made the news! 😀

    You should be proud to be a Tiger!

  19. foreverlsu says: Jun 12, 2012 7:57 AM

    Deb, why are you blaming me for all of the thumbs down to you? My comment was to set the record straight that LSU’s athletic department receives no state funding before others (nationwide) bitch about the high salaries of coaches compared to faculty. I’m sure Alabama is as prudent as LSU and is a self-supported athletic department as well.

    Relax! I have no problem with you or any of your coments in this thread but you need to chill out just a bit.

  20. foreverlsu says: Jun 12, 2012 8:10 AM

    comments – before any of you grammar police attack.

  21. Deb says: Jun 12, 2012 1:31 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    Honey, I love you! Why would you think I’m blaming you for anything? My goodness. Where is that coming from????? You’ve misread something somewhere. I’m very chill these days, and I really don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re totally cool in my book!

  22. foreverlsu says: Jun 12, 2012 4:40 PM

    No prob, deb. Obviously, I misunderstood. We’re good.

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