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Cameron inks three-year, $3.4 million deal with LSU

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Les Miles made a significant commitment earlier this week to Cam Cameron, turning over the keys of his LSU offense to his longtime friend and coaching contemporary.  Wednesday, the school further clarified how big of a commitment was made to Cameron.

In a press release, the school announced that the new Tigers offensive coordinator is in line to receive a three-year contract that would pay him a total of $3.4 million through 2015.  The release notes that Cameron’s contract is subject to approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors, although that will merely be a matter of the board rubber-stamping the deal.

Cameron will make $600,000 in 2013, after which his pay will jump to $1.3 million in 2014 and $1.5 million in 2015.  The highest-paid coordinator, offensive or defensive, in 2012 was believed to be Clemson’s Chad Morris, who signed a six-year deal in December of 2011 worth an average of $1.3 million annually.

LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis will make $1.1 million this season and $1.3 million in 2014 under the terms of a revamped contract agreed upon last summer.

Cameron had spent the past five seasons as the coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens before being fired prior to the end of the 2012 season.  Prior to that, Cameron’s last job at the collegiate level was as the head coach at Indiana from 1997-2001.

He will replace Greg Studwara, the coordinator the past two seasons who will remain on Miles’ staff as offensive line coach.

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11 Responses to “Cameron inks three-year, $3.4 million deal with LSU”
  1. southbeachtalent says: Feb 20, 2013 1:21 PM

    LSU has officially gone off the deep end…

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 20, 2013 2:21 PM

    We have needed an OC for so long, not just a OL coach doubling as OC. Miles finally saw the light when the offense continued to flounder with the 3 loses to Florida, Alabama, and Clemson all truly laid at the feet of the offense.

    Miles knew Cameron for decades and worked alongside him at Michigan, but the hope of all LSU fans I know is that Miles will stay out of Cam’s ear during the games and truly let him coach and keep the offensive game plan cohesive and coordinated. I thought Miles would have to go a little higher but with the 3 years he will have the time to work with the young QBs who will take over next season.

  3. mrlaloosh says: Feb 20, 2013 5:39 PM

    Wow! How much are tickets to LSU games! Must be very expensive.
    Still wont beat Bama.

  4. cranespy says: Feb 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    Whoa…..this could be HUGE…..Les has always had the athletes, the defense and the sound bytes! With an offensive mind running the O….things could get even more competitive in the SEC! Great hire Les…….just hope Cam hasn’t arrived “where dreams come to die!”

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    cranespy: Yes, Cam will spend much time in Tiger Stadium “… where opponents’ dreams come to die”! to quote Miles accurately.


    Hopefully, with an OC now who has a talent for developing QBs and with some great QB recruits joining the team and Mett with one year remaining, an improvement in the offense from 120th, 126th, and even the improvement to 68th? this past season up to maybe this season to the top 50 or 40 would be enough to give the defense a rest to be in top form to stop the likes of Clemson, rather than play the total time equivalent to 2 games on the field.

  6. foreverlsu says: Feb 20, 2013 9:53 PM

    mrlaloosh says:
    Feb 20, 2013 5:39 PM
    Wow! How much are tickets to LSU games! Must be very expensive.
    Still wont beat Bama.

    Really? Les Miles is 4-5 against Saban so not sure where you’re going at with that crap. How did your team do against Bama? Must be some cheap tickets in your world.

  7. Deb says: Feb 20, 2013 10:26 PM

    @saintsfan34 …

    If you’re still reading, I think the Cameron hire will work out well for the Tigers. He and Miles have good history. And where he was too controlling for a pro of Flacco’s caliber, he may have just the right touch to guide an undisciplined college quarterback.

    Thanks again for your graciousness on the other post. Was gone for a few days and missed the interesting excuses some made some made after you called them out for being unsportsmanlike to Bama fans. Apparently they feel entitled to treat us badly because we hired Saban who is “taking credit for LSU’s success …, talking smack about some Louisiana residents, fighting with us for recruits” … though I have no idea what any of that has to do with being rude to people on a blog site who’ve always posted positive things about your team. But logic isn’t a prerequisite for posting 😉

  8. xtremesportsmaniac says: Feb 21, 2013 6:30 AM

    Has Cam Cameron had an success lately? This hire has that Charlie Weiss to UF feel.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 21, 2013 11:37 AM

    foreverlsu says:

    How did your team do against Bama? ============================

    My team beat Bama… at Bama… :)

    I imagine the Aggies might not be able to pull of a victory in Baton Rouge at night, you know they’ll schedule that one at night, but even still, with the amount of NFL caliber talent that LSU is losing and the severity of their schedule, I don’t see LSU winning 11 games next year.

    A&M on the other hand, has a very managable schedule, no UGA, no USC, no UF, and they get Bama at home. If they can beat Bama, they can go 11-1 and have a realistic path to the title.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 21, 2013 1:48 PM


    Yep. Ya’ll beat Bama at Bama after Bama gave their all in a very physical and exhausting game at LSU. You had the great benefit of following that game. LSU beat Bama at Bama the season before. Next season? You will play Bama after an open date for the 2nd game of the season. If you thought LSU played physical there at Kyle Field last season, wait to this fall with Bama there. They have both a great defense and a good offense and I would think that Saban and crew will have a defense to at least slow down Johnny Football even more than LSU did last season.

    LSU will try for a night game at Tiger Stadium, but they don’t really get a vote…its the suits at network who get full decision on that. If some other sweetheart media team is playing that night, they will get the night game and a week or two before the contest with A&M, the suits will change the time to 2 pm.

    No doubt A&M will have a chance at the title, as does Bama, LSU, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and maybe a couple of other teams. A&M is doing great at this point in their SEC membership as only a few of us thought they would. MO is struggling but the change is likely affecting them more.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 21, 2013 5:16 PM

    All of that is true, but due to the difficulty of LSU’s schedule and the exodus of NFL talent, I believe the SEC West title game is 9/14/13.

    IF ( as I said before… IF) the Aggies beat Bama, I think they are a shoe-in for the SEC Title game even if they lose to LSU.

    Once you’re in the SEC Title game it’s a crap shoot but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. (I personally like our chances against an SEC East foe)

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