Steve Ensminger will be paid a one-time lump sum of $75,000 for his role as LSU’s interim offensive coordinator, according to a memorandum of agreement obtained by The Advocate through a public records request.
Ensminger, elevated from tight ends coach to coordinator after the firing of Cam Cameron on Sept. 25, worked under the terms of his original contract with the school as tight ends coach. He signed the memorandum of agreement on Sept. 25 agreeing to be paid an extra $75,000 for his duty as the program’s offensive leader.
Ensminger will be paid a daily rate of $833 if he remains LSU’s interim offensive coordinator beyond Dec. 15, the end of the “interim term” in the memorandum of agreement. LSU is in search of an offensive coordinator, and coach Ed Orgeron said Sunday that the program may not hire Ensminger’s replacement until after the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31. Ensminger will remain on staff in some capacity in the future, Orgeron said.
Orgeron, like Ensminger, is set to receive a one-time lump sum for his role as interim head coach. He’ll be paid $675,000, as The Advocate reported earlier this week.
The $75,000 Ensminger will receive is 25 percent of his normal base pay he receives under his original contract with the school. That contract, as tight ends coach, pays him $300,000 a year and runs through March.
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Johnson, Jenkins pay
LSU is paying interim defensive line coach Pete Jenkins $25,000 a month, and interim outside linebackers coach Dennis Johnson is receiving $15,000 a month, according to a records request the school returned to The Advocate on Wednesday.
Jenkins’ pay equates to a yearly rate of $300,000, and Johnson’s is $180,000. Jenkins has worked as a consultant for LSU’s defense for several years, but Orgeron brought him in for a full-time coaching spot when he took over as interim coach on Sept. 25. Jenkins is expected to remain on staff in that role for at least another year, Orgeron said.
Johnson was a graduate assistant who Orgeron elevated to outside linebackers coach on Sept. 25, replacing Bradley Dale Peveto. Orgeron moved Peveto off coaching the position to focus on special teams. He dismissed Peveto on the day he was hired as the permanent head coach.
Johnson and Jenkins do not have contracts. They are being paid as "transient" employees, the school said in the returned public records request.