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LSU coach Ed Orgeron leads his players onto the field before the Tigers' 36-13 win over the Bulldogs, Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss.

That life-sized Ed Orgeron cutout standing in a Raising Cane's dining room near you? It comes with a price tag.

The LSU football coach's chicken endorsement is one of many that help pad the income of coaches across the NCAA, several of which were detailed in a report from Sportico.

Orgeron, whose current salary sits at just over $8.6 million per year, raked in an additional $226,000 from Raising Cane's since 2018 in that endorsement deal. His predecessor Les Miles was paid $25,500 by Dos Equis for an ad campaign in which he pretended to water the football field with beer.

Those supplemental earnings are labeled "athletically related income or benefits" and are now required to be reported each year if they total more than $600.

Some other notable outside earning for NCAA coaches, collected by Sportico through a series of public records requests, include:

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  • Nick Saban, Alabama football: $315K from Sideline Inc. (corporate speaking)
  • Dabo Swinney, Clemson football: Up to $150K from speaking appearances
  • Kirby Smart, Georgia football: $130K from Ford (endorsement)
  • Jim Harbaugh, Michigan football: $250K from Downy (endorsement)
  • Bill Self, Kansas basketball: $35K from speaking engagements
  • Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball: $23K from Wells Fargo (speaking)

Sportico's records requests and report focusing on additional income totals comes on the heels of an NCAA corruption probe that drew multiple programs and coaches into an FBI investigation, largely focusing on college basketball. Orgeron and LSU's football program were not part of that investigation.

The report also addresses the ongoing debate over college amateurism rules.

For the full report from Sportico, click here.

NOTE: This article has been updated

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