LSU’s Steve Kragthorpe gets new contract, title

Steve Kragthorpe, hired three years ago as LSU’s offensive coordinator, has a new three-year deal and title with the school.

Kragthorpe will make $150,000 a year, one-third of his previous salary, under a new contract that began April 1 and ends in March 2017. His title is now “special assistant to the head coach/chief of staff for LSU football,” the contract says.

The Advocate received a copy of the contract via a public records request. The deal was approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors in May.

Kragthorpe never coached a down as offensive coordinator. He stepped down from the position before the 2011 season began after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

He served as quarterbacks coach for the next two years, leaving that spot and moving into an administrative role when offensive coordinator Cam Cameron took over in 2013. His administrative role was never identified.

Kragthorpe was expected to make $450,000 in 2014 as part of the final year of his previous three-year contract. That deal was set to expire in March 2015.

Kragthorpe and newly hired assistants Jeff Grimes (offensive line) and Bradley Dale Peveto (special teams/defensive assistant) have the longest deals on coach Les Miles’ nine-person staff, each going to 2017.

Cameron’s deal runs through the 2015 season, ending March 31, 2016. Defensive coordinator John Chavis has a contract that runs through Dec. 31, 2014.

All of the other assistants — Adam Henry, Brick Haley, Corey Raymond, Steve Ensminger and Frank Wilson — have deals that run through the 2014 season and end March 31, 2015. The Advocate incorrectly had reported that those assistants had contracts through the 2015 season.

Assistant coaches’ contracts automatically renew by one year when the deal ends unless the agreement is terminated. They then roll into one-year contracts.

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