LSU enters busy off-season: From re-recruiting to coordinator search and unresolved contract issue _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron during the Texas Bowl.

LSU is working on a new contract for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, athletic director Joe Alleva said Tuesday, and coach Les Miles expects his staff of assistants to remain intact.

Cameron, 54, is in the final months of a three-year contract that expires on March 31 and pays him an annual salary of $1.5 million. During a news conference to introduce new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Miles said Cameron and the Tigers are working on a new deal for Cameron, and Alleva confirmed it later.

The athletic director indicated that he hopes to see improvement from an LSU offense that, for a second straight season, struggled in the passing game.

“I think Cam is very smart and a very bright guy,” Alleva said. “I think that our offense will show improvement next year.”

LSU is currently 39th in total offense nationally, but the Tigers are 106th in passing a year after a 116th finish in passing in 2014. Alleva called LSU’s 56-point performance in the Texas Bowl win “great” and said he expects the Tigers’ offense “to be better.”

All of LSU’s assistant coaches, aside from Aranda and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, have contracts that expire in the spring of 2017. Aranda agreed to a three-year contract paying him $1.3 million in the first year, according to Alleva said that report is “pretty close” to accurate. The contract does not include a clause tying Aranda to Miles’ tenure at the school. Wilson has a contract that runs through the 2017 season.

Miles said he expects no change on his staff, when asked about overtures from other schools regarding defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. The coach indicated that the school is speaking with Raymond and Orgeron about extending their deals.

“I know we want both of these guys to be here and have talked to both of those guys about being here,” Miles said.

Miles “cutting off” players from bars

Miles said Tuesday he plans to ban players from venturing to bars after tight end Dillon Gordon was the victim of multiple stabbings at Reggie’s in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Gordon is in stable condition after suffering at least three stab wounds during a night out at the Tigerland bar.

“I’m cutting it off,” Miles said when asked about his players frequenting bars. “It’s just not worth it. The reason you go out is because you want social interaction. Social interaction can take place at home, at class, can take place at a number of places. You don’t have to go to a fight night club.”

Miles said at least one other player was at Reggie’s with Gordon, but indicated the player was not involved in the incident. He declined to reveal the player’s identity.

Harris hernia didn’t slow him

Quarterback Brandon Harris’ sports hernia over the final four and a half games of the season wasn’t a “slowing factor” for the QB, Miles said Tuesday.

Harris underwent surgery on Monday for the injury, suffered in the game against Alabama.

Asked about the injury, Miles said, “No idea. I have not … we didn’t see injury. I didn’t think that was a slowing factor in any way.”

Aranda’s place

Miles and Aranda have not decided if the new defensive coordinator will serve as the linebackers coach or will more oversee the defensive unit, and neither confirmed if he’ll be in the press box or on the sidelines during games.

Former coordinator Kevin Steele oversaw the unit, while Bradley Dale Peveto tutored linebackers. Aranda said he’s been in the press box and on the sideline during games over his career.

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