New LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has been offered a two-year contract paying him $1 million per year.
Steele’s contract was released Monday afternoon and is expected to be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday.
Steele’s salary is $300,000 less than what his predecessor, John Chavis, made in his final year with the Tigers. Chavis, who left LSU for Texas A&M, was on a three-year contract. Steele’s deal runs through March 2017.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has a three-year contract, paying him $1.3 million a year.
Steele’s contract includes the “Les Miles clause,” as expected. The clause states that, if Miles were to no longer be the coach, Steele’s contract would end six months later. The clause, new to the contracts, is expected to be in each of the assistant coaches’ new deals.
Steele has the same buyout as new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who has a two-year, $450,000 deal. If Steele leaves LSU for another Southeastern Conference school, he would owe the school 50 percent of the remaining compensation on his contract. If he leaves for a non-SEC school, Steele would owe 20 percent of his remaining compensation.
LSU paid its staff $5.499 million last year, the most in the nation. Steele’s new salary likely puts that number in the $5.2 million range. Alabama was second nationally in staff pay last year at $5.213 million.
The board is also expected to approve new contracts for four assistant coaches. One of them, recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson, now has the longest contract of any of the Tigers’ nine assistants.
His new contract is for three years and runs through March 2018. He’ll receive a $10,000 raise to $660,000 a year.
Three other assistants – tight ends coach Steve Ensminger, defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and receivers coach Adam Henry – got two-year deals running through March 2017.
Ensminger will receive the same base pay of $300,000 a year. Henry received a $55,000 raise to $375,000, and Raymond got a $10,000 boost to $310,000. Former defensive line coach Brick Haley had signed a new contract, sources said, but it was not in the board’s agenda for approval. Haley was demoted to an administrative assistant after the hiring of Orgeron.
LSU staff contracts
Cam Cameron (offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach): three years, $1.3 million a year (ends March 31, 2016)
Kevin Steele (defensive coordinator, linebackers coach): two years, $1 million a year (ends March 31, 2017)*
Frank Wilson (recruiting coordinator, running backs coach): three years, $660,000 a year (March 31, 2018)*
Ed Orgeron (defensive line coach): two years, $450,000 a year (ends March 31, 2017)*
Adam Henry (receivers coach): two years, $375,000 a year (ends March 31, 2017)*
Jeff Grimes (offensive line coach): three years, $362,500 (ends March 31, 2017)
Bradley Dale Peveto (special teams coordinator, defensive assistant): three years, $350,000 a year (ends March 31, 2017)
Corey Raymond (defensive backs coach): two years, $310,000 a year (ends March 31, 2017)*
Steve Ensminger (tight ends coach): two years, $300,000 a year (ends March 31, 2017)*
*Pending board approval.
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