LSU’s new offensive coordinator will be paid significantly more than the old one.
The school announced Wednesday that Cam Cameron will receive a three-year, $3.4 million salary package. He is set to make $600,000 in 2013, $1.3 million in 2014 and $1.5 million in 2015.
Based on reports of what offensive coordinators are making at other Southeastern Conference schools, Cameron would apparently become the highest-paid play caller in the SEC. Alabama’s Doug Nussmeier was the highest-paid in the conference last season among its 13 public schools (Vanderbilt does not have to release salary figures) at $590,000.
Cameron’s contract must still be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors. It’s next meeting is set for March 18.
Cameron’s salary is a big jump over the one for former LSU offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa. The LSU board last June approved a three-year deal for Studrawa worth $500,000 per season.
With the Cameron hire, Studrawa is returning to strictly working with LSU’s offensive line. Quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe is being reassigned to an administrative role.
It was not immediately known whether the Baltimore Ravens, who fired Cameron in December as their offensive coordinator, still owe him money for 2013, accounting for the large difference in Cameron’s salary from 2013 to 2014.
LSU senior associate athletic director Herb Vincent said any information on whether Cameron was still being paid by the Ravens would have to come from the club.
Messages left Wednesday for the Ravens’ team spokesman, Kevin Byrne, and for Cameron’s agent, Gary O’Hagan, were not immediately returned.
Cameron’s 2014 salary would put him on par with that of LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis.
Chavis is currently in the midst of a three-year deal that paid him $900,000 in 2012 and will pay him $1.1 million in 2013 and $1.3 million in 2014.
LSU announced its hiring of Cameron, 52, on Friday. The long-time NFL and college coach is close friends with LSU coach Les Miles, with whom Cameron shared an office when they were both assistants at Michigan.
Cameron is the fifth offensive coordinator during Miles’ nine-year tenure at LSU, following Jimbo Fisher (2005-06), Gary Crowton (2007-10), Kragthorpe and Studrawa.
Studrawa replaced Kragthorpe shortly before the 2011 season when Kragthorpe relinquished his play-calling duties after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Advocate sportswriter Matthew Harris contributed to this report.