LSU coaches in line for bowl bonuses

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles
Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles

LSU will pay its football coaching staff at least $320,000 in bonus money for appearing in a bowl game, and the staff is set to receive more than $1 million in automatic raises for 2014, according to contracts obtained by The Advocate.

No. 14 LSU (9-3) will learn its bowl destination Sunday. The Cotton, Outback and Gator are the favorites.

LSU coach Les Miles will receive a $100,000 bonus for leading the Tigers to a bowl, increasing his yearly salary to $4.4 million.

Each of LSU’s eight assistants, excluding the two coordinators, will receive a $25,000 performance bonus.

The bowl bonuses for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive coordinator John Chavis will depend on to which bowl LSU is invited. Their bonuses, unlike the others, are determined by the bowl payouts. They’d get $10,000 or $25,000, depending on the bowl LSU is invited to.

Meanwhile, the staff will receive $1.065 million in automatic raises beginning Jan. 1. Cameron gets the biggest boost.

Cameron, hired in February after being fired by the Baltimore Ravens, was paid $600,000 this past year. His pay rises to $1.3 million — a $700,000 raise. The wide gap between Year 1 and Year 2 likely means the Ravens were fulfilling his previous contract, though the club would not confirm that.

Defensive coordinator John Chavis gets a $200,000 bump to $1.3 million. Six of LSU’s eight other assistants get pay hikes totaling $165,000 next year.

Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, making $500,000 a year, and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, paid $300,000 a year, are the only two without auto raises built into their contracts.

Tight ends coach Steven Ensminger and Frank Wilson — the running backs coach, recruiting coordinator and associate head coach — are due $50,000 raises, the biggest of any position coach. Ensminger is set to make $300,000 next year, and Wilson will make $650,000.

All of Miles’ position coaches and Cameron have contracts that run through 2015. Chavis’ contract runs through 2014. Miles received an extension last year through 2019.

Advocate sportswriter Matthew Harris contributed to this report.