LSU’s football coaching staff will make a combined $115,000 in bowl bonuses, and several athletic administrators received raises this fall.
Coach Ed Orgeron will earn an extra $25,000 for leading his team to the Citrus Bowl, where the Tigers (9-3) meet Notre Dame (9-3) on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Florida. Bowl bonuses are standard in college football coaches’ contracts. Each of LSU’s position assistants gets a $10,000 bonus. Coordinators Matt Canada and Dave Aranda get a $15,000 bonus.
The bonuses are subject to approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors at its meeting Friday.
Meanwhile, two high-ranking athletic department officials received a boost in salary in August. Senior associate athletic director Miriam Segar and deputy athletic director Verge Ausberry got bumps of 20.8 and 17.4 percent, respectively. Segar now makes $200,000 a year and Ausberry $225,000. Former associate A.D. Eddie Nunez received a 40.1 percent raise to $225,000 before leaving in late August to be the athletic director at New Mexico.
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Robert Munson, hired in September as a senior associate athletic director for external affairs, has a salary of $190,000. LSU does not expect to replace Nunez. Munson and others are absorbing his duties.
Those raises do not require board approval, but they are included in the board’s latest agenda in accordance with board regulations governing personnel actions.
$2.75M renovations beginning
LSU plans to begin renovating and expanding the bathrooms in the lower south end zone of Tiger Stadium in January, and the cost of the project is estimated at $2.75 million.
The LSU Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the construction at its meeting Friday.
The renovations are the second phase of a two-phase project to upgrade 94-year-old Tiger Stadium. The first phase was completed before this season, as other bathrooms in the venue were modestly renovated. Only construction projects costing more than $1 million need board approval.
Construction on the latest phase is expected to begin by Jan. 15 and end by the start of next football season, in late August. It will include renovations to the four south end zone bathrooms as well as a new 1,900-square foot bathroom.
The school recently demolished the abandoned dormitories that stood in the south end zone for decades.
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