Ed Orgeron will be paid a lump sum of $675,000 for serving as LSU's interim football coach for the past two months.
Orgeron, named LSU's long-term coach last Saturday, agreed to that amount in a memorandum of agreement signed Sept. 25, the day he took over for the fired Les Miles. The one-time lump sum is expected to be paid to Orgeron after it is approved at the LSU Board of Supervisors meeting next Friday, according to documents obtained by The Advocate.
Orgeron was interim coach for 62 days. He worked under his old contract while leading the Tigers to a 5-2 mark in the interim. As defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, Orgeron made $600,000 per year in a contract that runs through the 2018 season.
The one-time lump sum is funded through the athletic department and not private dollars, documents say. Orgeron agreed Sept. 25 to serve as interim coach until a new coach were to be appointment or until Dec. 15, according to documents. If LSU would have needed Orgeron to work in the interim after the Dec. 15 date, the school agreed to pay him on a daily rate of $8,225.
As long-tern head coach, Orgeron will make about $3.5 million per year under a five-year contract, The Advocate reported last Saturday through anonymous sources. The school paid Miles $4.3 million per year and owes him a $9.6 million buyout to be paid over six years. Orgeron made $775,000 during his interim stretch, factoring in the $100,000 he received from his original contract.
Miles, under his final contract with the school, never made that much during a two-month stretch ($716,000). Orgeron was paid about $12,500 per day over that 62-day stretch as interim leader of the program. Miles made $11,780 per day under his last deal.
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In his long-term deal with the school, Orgeron will make about $290,000 a month or just less than $10,000 per day — a bargain of a price when it comes to Southeastern Conference football coaches. His economical contract will allow LSU to spend on its coordinators.
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has agreed to a new three-year contract with a raise and a bump in title (associate head coach), The Advocate reported Monday through sources. Financial details of the new contract were not released, but Fox Sports reported that the new deal will make Aranda the highest-paid assistant in college football.
LSU is targeting Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to fill the void left by Cam Cameron, who the school fired in September on the same day it dismissed Miles. Steve Ensminger, promoted from tight ends coach to interim coordinator, is expected to return to his post as a position assistant.
Kiffin, the brash 41-year-old former USC and Tennessee head coach, has transformed the Crimson Tide's offense from a pro-style set to a spread scheme in his three seasons in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His contract with the Tide expires after this season. Top-ranked Alabama meets Florida on Saturday in the SEC championship game.
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