Kevin Steele will make $1 million per year as the new LSU defensive coordinator, while Ed Orgeron will earn $450,000 as defensive line coach, according to copies of the proposed contracts obtained by The Advocate.
Each deal is pending approval by the Board of Supervisors, which meets Friday to vote on the contracts. The extensions of four other assistants — including raises for three — are also set to be approved by the Board later this week, according to reports.
LSU has proposed a two-year deal for Steele worth $1 million per season. He was making $700,000 as linebackers coach at Alabama, according to the USA Today database for assistant coaches' salaries. That $1 million figure is $300,000 less than John Chavis made while as the LSU defensive coordinator.
Texas A&M has still not officially announced the hiring of Chavis, though he arrived in College Station on Jan. 1, because of ongoing discussions regarding his LSU buyout.
Orgeron will make the same salary as his predecessor, Brick Haley. His will also be a two-year deal. Haley remains a member of the LSU athletic department as an "intern," though athletic director Joe Alleva has said a different title would be appropriate. It's still not certain whether Haley intends to stay with LSU or accept a coaching job elsewhere.
Also on the docket for the Board this week are the extensions of four other assistants, according to reports. Frank Wilson will receive a three-year deal through March 2018 with a $10,000 raise to $610,000 per year. Steve Ensminger, Corey Raymond and Adam Henry are set to receive two-year extensions through March 2017.
Ensminger will not receive a pay raise. A $10,000 raise to $310,000 per has been proposed for Raymond, and a $55,000 raise to $375,000 per for Henry.