LSU Supervisors to discuss coaching contracts, pay raises
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Board of Supervisors is set to discuss numerous pay increases for assistant football coaches along with the approval of new Men's Basketball Coach Johnny Jones' contract at their monthly meeting on Friday.
Jones' contract runs from April 14, 2012 through June 30, 2017 earning $1.1 million a year.
Under the proposed contract, Jones will receive a $350,000 base annual salary and $750,000 annually for TV and radio appearances. He's also eligible for $500,000 in post season incentive compensation for meeting certain benchmarks.
- SEC Regular Season Champion $50,000
- SEC Tournament Champion $50,000
- NCAA Tournament Appearance $100,000
- NCAA Sweet Sixteen Appearance $50,000
- NCAA Final Four Appearance $50,000
- NCAA National Champion $100,000
- SEC Coach of the Year $50,000
- National Coach of the Year $100,000
If approved, the contract grants Jones another $250,000 for any buyout agreements he has with the University of North Texas. To read Jones' entire contract click here.
The board is also expected to discuss pay raises for LSU Defensive Coordinator John Chavis among others. At the direction of Head Coach Les Miles, Athletic Director Joe Alleva submitted a request to the board through the office of the chancellor asking Chavis' salary increase 28 percent from $700,000 to $900,000 for 2012. The proposed contract extends through the 2014 season increasing to $1.1 million in 2013 then $1.3 million in 2014.
The report says, "The proposed increases are in line with the amounts offered by two comparable schools at the end of the 2011 football season."
Should Chavis terminate his contract, his buyout obligations increase from $500,000 to $1 million.
Greg Studrawa was recommended to a three year contract as offensive coordinator making $500,000 a year, up from $300,000. The report shows no pay increases through the 2014 season, but Studrawa, like other assistant coaches, is eligible for post season incentives.
Pending board approval Steve Kragthorpe's pay as quarterback's coach will cut 42 percent from $700,000 to $400,000 then jump $25,000 a year through 2014. Kragthorpe stepped down as Offensive Coordinator before the 2011 season for medical reasons.
The board will decide on final approval to promote running backs coach Frank Wilson to Associate Head Coach. Wilson's salary would increase from $325,000 to $550,000 then increasing $50,000 a year through 2014, a 100 percent salary increase from what Wilson made in 2011.
The report says "Coach Wilson is not only responsible for coaching the running backs, he also serves as LSU's coach in charge of recruiting coordination."
With board approval, tight ends coach Steve Ensminger's salary jumps from $210,000 to $230,000 in 2012, $230,000 to $250,000 in 2013. The recommendation asks the board to grant Ensminger another year on his contract for $300,000 in 2014.
Defensive line coach Andrea' "Brick" Haley's $380,000 salary would increase $20,000 a year through 2014 with board approval. The proposal would extend Haley's contract one year through 2014.
Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey would jump from $275,000 to $290,000 in 2012, $300,000 in 2013, and $310,000 in 2014 with board approval.
The report said, "The 2011 football team produced the first undefeated regular season since 1958 and was successful in winning the 2011 SEC Championship Game, providing LSU its fourth SEC football title in the last 10 years. To continue this success it is important to maintain as much consistency as possible by retaining most of the coaching staff from one season to the next... These salary recommendations will accomplish that goal and hopefully help us maintain our program as one of the best in the country."
All of these contracts are paid for by the Athletic Department with no money coming from the state or tuition.