LSU has made certain that Ed Orgeron will be rewarded for the football program’s historic 2019 campaign.
Earlier Friday, it was reported that LSU and Ed Orgeron had reached an agreement on a new deal for the head coach. A short time ago, the school confirmed that an extended deal with Orgeron is indeed in place.
Per the school, the new six-year agreement includes a base annual salary of $6 million. In addition, Orgeron will receive a $5 million split-dollar life insurance policy payable over the first two years of the agreement. In total, the agreement is worth more than $42 million, before bonuses.
This past season, his third full year at the school, Orgeron earned $4 million in total pay. That was tied for 28th nationally — Chad Morris, fired by Arkansas, was one of them with whom Orgeron was tied — and tied for eighth in the SEC according to the USA Today coaching salary database.
“Coach O has set a new standard at LSU,” said LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. “He has proven that he is not only a championship coach, but also a leader of a program committed to doing things the right way. He has represented our institution and our state with great pride, on and off the field of play. He is well-deserving of this new contract, which should make clear our commitment to Coach O and the direction of our football program.”
The new deal between LSU and Ed Orgeron is pending the approval of the school’s board of supervisors.
In three-plus seasons with the Bayou Bengals — he served as interim head coach after Les Miles was fired in September of 2016 — Orgeron has gone 40-9 overall and 23-7 in SEC play. During the run to an undefeated 2019 campaign, LSU beat seven teams ranked in the Top 10 at the time the game was played. That’s the first time in the history of college football that’s happened.
Along the way to that perfect 15-0 season, Orgeron collected a handful of honors, including being named the SEC (HERE), Home Depot (HERE), Associated Press, Eddie Robinson (HERE) and Walter Camp Coach of the Year (HERE).
“I’m very appreciative of Scott Woodward, the LSU Board of Supervisors and the state of Louisiana,” Orgeron said. “I’m happy to represent LSU and this great state. My family and I are very grateful, and I look forward to working as hard as possible to continue to win championships at LSU.”