Ed Orgeron continues to secure his new coaching staff.
Dennis Johnson, the former LSU defensive lineman who Orgeron promoted as his outside linebackers coach and then hired permanently, signed a two-year deal with the program last month.
Johnson will make $180,000 a year in a contract that runs through the 2018 season, according to a copy of the agreement that the school made available. Johnson, a 28-year-old Mississippi native, worked as a defensive graduate assistant before his September promotion. He worked as a transient employee, receiving an hourly rate, during his interim stint in October, November and December.
He’s the latest assistant to sign a new contract, joining defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, secondary coach Corey Raymond and new offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
Johnson’s deal helps moves Orgeron closer to rounding out his staff. He filled the last two spots on the staff Tuesday, hiring Louisiana Tech’s Mickey Joseph as receivers coach and Tommie Robinson to coach running backs and serve as recruiting coordinator. Their contract details were not released.
There are a few issues that could be squared away soon.
Steve Ensminger, the former interim offensive coordinator who Orgeron plans to keep on staff as tight ends coach, has a contract that ends next month. Defensive line coach Pete Jenkins remains a "transient employee," the school says, who is paid an hourly rate. Jenkins plans to remain on staff this year, he told The Advocate in an interview in December.
Johnson’s contract includes similar buyout stipulations as other assistants.
He owes LSU 50 percent of his salary if he leaves for a non-head coaching job with another SEC program or a Division I program within 500 miles of Baton Rouge. He owes 20 percent if he leaves for any other non-head coaching job.
Mickey Joseph understands the top priority of his new job as LSU's receivers coach.
LSU coaching staff/key support staff
Ed Orgeron, head coach
After 2021 season
Dave Aranda, DC/AHC
March 31, 2020
Matt Canada, OC
March, 31, 2020
Jeff Grimes, O-line
March 31, 2018
Corey Raymond, DB
March 31, 2020
Steve Ensminger, TE
March 31, 2017
Dennis Johnson, OLB
March 31, 2019
Pete Jenkins, D-line
Tommie Robinson, RBs/RC, AHC
Tommy Moffitt, strength coach
March 30, 2020
Austin Thomas, general mgr.
May 31, 2018
*The university has not confirmed details of Orgeron’s contract, but The Advocate reported specifics of the deal on the day he was hired.
**This does not include the bonus pay of $75,000 that Ensminger was set to receive from LSU for his work as the interim offensive coordinator starting Sept. 25 and ending Dec. 15.
^ Pete Jenkins remains a transient employee who is paid the monthly rate listed, according to records obtained by The Advocate. He told The Advocate that he plans to remain on staff.
Reports linking Mickey Joseph to the LSU football coaching staff began to trickle out Monday…