Scott Rabalais: Paul Mainieri got what he wanted — but the stakes will rise with his salary _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri speaks to his players on the field before Game 1 of the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional between LSU and Coastal Carolina, Saturday, June 11, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri is in the millionaire club.

After his flirtation with Texas, LSU gave Mainieri a four-year extension, through the 2024 season, and a raise to $1.125 million per year, according to the LSU Board of Supervisors agenda released Friday.

The board is expected to approve Mainieri’s new deal at a meeting next Friday.

Mainieri’s previous contract paid him $750,000 per year and ran through the 2020 season. In his new deal, Mainieri will receive a $100,000 bonus after each season.

The Miami native wrapped up his 10th season at LSU in June, leading a youthful team to a national seed and the super regionals in what many pundits described as his best coaching job since arriving at LSU in 2007. The Tigers were swept by Coastal Carolina, the eventual national champion, in the Baton Rouge super regional.

Mainieri led LSU to the 2009 national championship and has taken the program to four College World Series appearances. His new salary may make him the highest-paid college baseball coach in the nation.

Mainieri and athletic director Joe Alleva met in the coach’s office in mid-June, after The Advocate and others reported that the coach and Texas were in significant discussion about him replacing Augie Garrido. Alleva's new deal was enough to convince the coach to stay; Texas eventually hired Tulane coach David Pierce.


LSU men’s golf coach Chuck Winstead received a three-year contract extension through the 2021 season. Winstead makes a base salary of $220,000 per year. … A slight change was proposed to the postseason incentives portion of football coach Les Miles’ contract. The incentive package increased by $100,000 to recognize the potential for LSU to participate in two College Football Playoff games in the four-team format. The former incentive package was built for the BCS, which is now defunct.

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