Coach O’s contract extension includes $500K raise, $2M in incentives

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron(Source: Josh Auzenne (custom credit) | Source: WAFB)
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019 at 2:02 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Tigers got the 10-win season they wanted after defeating the University of Central Florida 40-32 in the 2018 Fiesta Bowl, and after a meeting with the LSU Board of Supervisor’s committee, apparently it was good enough to bump up Coach Ed Orgeron’s salary.

The committee approved a $500,000 raise for LSU’s head coach and added nearly $2 million in incentives in a meeting Wednesday, Mar. 20. The board unanimously approved the contracts shortly after.

The extension brings Coach O’s salary up to $4 million.

“He is our head coach. Last year he finished 6th in the country, he’s had a top 5 recruiting class. I think he’s represented the university extremely well,” LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said Wednesday.

As an incentive, if the Tigers win 10 games, Orgeron will receive a $250,000 bonus. If he wins 12 games, he’ll earn an additional $500,000 bonus.

“I think we’d all be very happy to pay him that $500,000 bonus," Alleva said.

Orgeron is now ninth highest-paid coach in the NCAA. His contract is set to expire at the end of 2021.

The board also approved a raise for assistant coach Bill Busch and added an official contract for assistant coach Joe Brady.

The Tigers finished 10-3 in the 2018 season, ranked No. 6 in the AP polls. Orgeron is 25-9 at the university after taking over in 2016 when Les Miles was fired.

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