The Les Miles clause is slowly disappearing.
The clause is not included in the contracts of new assistant coaches Jabbar Juluke and Dameyune Craig and was removed from the newly structured contracts for recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.
The Advocate obtained copies of the contracts through a public records request.
The school began to include the Miles clause into assistant coaches’ contracts over the last several years, and by last year it was in each of their contracts. The clause allows LSU to terminate a contract six months after Miles’ employment with the school ends.
The clause caused a stir about a year ago when it appeared in a lawsuit between former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis and the school. LSU is suing Chavis for a $400,000 buyout it says he owes after his departure to Texas A&M in January 2015. In the lawsuit, the coach contends he left LSU because he refused to sign a new contract that included the Miles clause.
The lawsuit between the school and Chavis is now 13 months old. A judge in December granted a motion compelling Chavis to release his phone records for a 14-week period starting in November 2014. There is no court date scheduled in the suit.
Meanwhile, LSU coaches are seeing the clause removed from their contracts. Juluke, the new running backs coach, and Craig, the new receivers coach, signed contracts without the clause, documents show.
Orgeron received a new deal after being promoted to recruiting coordinator and receiving a $150,000 raise. The clause was not included in the new contract.
Grimes received a one-year extension and $125,000 raise as part of a new contract. The new contract specifically notes that the clause was “deleted” from his revised deal.
However, Cam Cameron’s new contract includes the clause, something The Advocate reported two weeks ago when the school released the contract. The offensive coordinator received a new three-year contract starting at $1.2 million per year, a reduction of $300,000.
The contracts for outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger remained unchanged over the offseason, according to documents the school sent The Advocate. Their contracts include the clause.
Corey Raymond received a $65,000 raise in January, but LSU did not send The Advocate his new contract.
LSU earlier this month announced the salaries and length of contracts for Juluke and Craig, but their contracts reveal built-in raises. Juluke will get a $10,000 raise to $275,000 after next season. Craig will get a $25,000 boost to $575,000 after next season.
The buyouts for Juluke and Craig are the same for most other coaches: 50 percent of remaining salary if accepts a non-head coaching job in the Southeastern Conference or with a Division I program within 500 miles; 20 percent of remaining salary for any other coaching position or other reason for departure.
Orgeron, new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and Cameron share the same buyout. Grimes’ buyout remains just 15 percent of his remaining salary, as does the buyout for assistants who did not have restructured deals.
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