Cam Cameron’s deal with LSU became official Wednesday when the LSU System Board of Supervisor unanimously approved the new offensive coordinator’s three-year contract.
The deal will pay a total of $3.4 million and make him the highest paid man with his job in the Southeastern Conference.
The move took only three minutes and was a mere formality after brief remarks from LSU coach Les Miles and Cameron, who were in attendance along with Athletic Director Joe Alleva and Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent.
“The coaches that you hire should be great teachers and (have) tremendous expertise,” Miles said. “I’ve been here nine years, and always had my mind on the guy I’m about to introduce.”
Under the deal, Cameron will earn $600,000 this season, and his salary will climb to $1.3 million next year and plateau at $1.5 million during the final year of the contract in 2015.
The deal also means LSU’s assistant coaching staff is slated to earn a combined $4.38 million during the 2013 season, while Miles received a $549,000 annual raise in February to push his pay to $4.3 million.
Interestingly, the board’s approval came after a similar vote Tuesday by the governing counsel at Alabama to raise Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart’s pay to $1.15 million next season. The move was part of a pay-bump package that brings the Alabama’s assistant salary total to the same figure as LSU.
After hiring Cameron, who last served five seasons as offensive coordinator for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, Miles indicated in February the program made a coup in hiring his longtime friend (the men have known each other since their days as young assistants at Michigan).
Miles reiterated the same point Wednesday.
“He’d really risen to a tremendous level in the NFL, and turned down two other jobs as coordinator for NFL teams to come to Louisiana,” Miles said.
Yet the deal also retains a strong buyout clause dictating Cameron would have to pay $1 million to leave the program for any other job, except if the position were as a head coach outside of the SEC.
“We couldn’t be happier, and we’re thrilled to be here,” Cameron said.