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LSU coach Ed Orgeron, left, stands with newly hired offensive coordinator Matt Canada, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Canada's introductory news conference.

Dave Aranda isn’t the only assistant on new coach Ed Orgeron’s staff making the big bucks.

LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada is set to make $1.5 million per year as part of a three-year contract that he and the school agreed upon, according to documents obtained by The Advocate.

Canada’s contract with the school will run through the 2019 season, ending in March 2020. It pays him a base salary of $500,000, with $1 million more coming from media rights compensation and other sources.

Canada signed a memorandum of agreement Dec. 14, the date he was hired. A copy of the agreement was obtained by The Advocate through a public records request.


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Canada, a 41-year-old Indiana native who Orgeron plucked from the University of Pittsburgh, and Aranda, LSU’s second-year defensive coordinator, may combine to form the highest-paid coordinator duo in college football history.

Aranda signed a new three-year contract in December paying him $1.8 million per year this season. He's expected to be the highest-paid assistant in the country. Canada's salary would have made him the second-highest paid assistant last year behind Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis, according to numbers compiled by USA Today.

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LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M led all schools last year in coordinator pay, each doling out a combined $2.5 million for their coordinators. LSU’s new coordinator pay will be $3.3 million, potentially the highest ever.

Canada’s salary at Pitt was not made public, but the Tigers are believed to have doubled his pay with the $1.5 million salary. LSU agreed to pay as much as $375,000 in buyout money the coach owed to Pitt, according to the document.

Canada’s maximum incentive bonus is $150,000. That includes winning the Southeastern Conference Western Division ($15,000), the SEC championship ($10,000), participating in the College Football Playoff ($50,000), advancing to the national title game ($25,000), winning the CFP championship ($25,000) and being named offensive coach of the year ($25,000).

Canada’s buyout is similar to that of several other LSU coaches.

If he leaves for a non-head coaching position at another SEC school or to a school within 500 miles of LSU, he owes 40 percent of his remaining salary. If he leaves for similar positions outside of a 500-mile radius of LSU, he owes 15 percent of his salary.

There is no buyout after Dec. 1, 2019.


Former LSU receiver Jazz Ferguson announced over the weekend that he’ll transfer to NorthwesternState, and former LSU offensive lineman Chidi Okeke is transferring to Eastern Kentucky, according to a report from @JuCoFootballACE on Twitter. Both of those are FCS programs, meaning Ferguson and Okeke are eligible to play in the 2017 season. … Quarterback Danny Etling was selected as LSU’s representatives on the SEC’s first Football Student-Athlete Leadership Council. The group will hold its first meeting at SEC headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, on Feb. 4.

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