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|LSU gives 'some' coaches raises|
While state legislators are taking a wicked knife to universities across the state, LSU's athletics program is looking to fatten the wallet of some of its coaches.
But it must be noted that according to a study by USA Today, LSU is one of only two universities in the nation that uses no state financial support to fund its athletics program.
In fact, the LSU Athletic Department annually assists financially with the mission of the University by contributing to academic programs.
LSU Athletics uses no state tax dollars and no student fees.
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There are a couple of names missing from the raises list which is probably why there is not a large outcry against the raises.
Les Miles and Gary Crowton are not mentioned. And that 's only be right considering these raises should be based on merit.
I don't think anyone has a problem with baseball coach Paul Mainieri being rewarded for leading LSU to a College World Series title, especially when you look at the shape the program was in when he took over.
Mainieri will receive a five-year contract that will pay him $250,000 annually in base pay, $225,000 for radio, television and internet appearances and $150,000 in other compensation such as equipment agreements for a total of $625,000 per year.
Mainieri currently receives an annual total compensation of $525,000. He will continue to be able to earn additional incentive compensation for achievements in post-season competition and team academic performance.
If approved by the Board of Supervisors, Associate head baseball coach David Grewe will receive a pay increase of $10,000 to $150,000 and assistant baseball coach Javi Sanchez will receive a pay increase of $15,000 to $90,000 if approved by the board.I am really impressed with both of these young coaches and they will no doubt be heading up their own programs one day.
In addition, a salary adjustment is being proposed for LSU football defensive coordinator John Chavis and approvals are being sought for new football assistant coaches Billy Gonzales and Frank Wilson. An extension to the contract of women's basketball coach Van Chancellor will also be under consideration.
Chavis was getting wooed by Tennessee until talks of more money kept him in Tigertown and I can only imagine he is happy about that now.
Chavis did a good job with the LSU defense, although I would like to see more aggressiveness from that unit in the future.
And a little more fire from the defensive guru.
Chavis will receive a new three-year contract valued at $700,000 per year.
Under the terms of his previous contract, he was scheduled to be paid $475,000 in 2010 and $500,000 in 2011.
Under the terms of the new contract, Chavis will receive $25,000 for radio, television and internet appearances and the $175,000 will be paid in privately-raised funds.
Wilson, who will serve as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, will receive a three-year contract worth $325,000 per year.
He replaces Larry Porter, now the head coach at the University of Memphis, who was to be paid $350,000 in 2010 and $400,000 in 2011.
Gonzales, who will serve as receivers coach and passing game coordinator, will receive a three-year contract worth $285,000 per year.
He replaces DJ McCarthy who resigned following the 2009 season and was receiving $200,000 per year.
These two new coaches are also headed for the head coaching ranks down the road. I hope to see Gonzales as offensive coordinator before that happens.
Wilson is highly respected in south Louisiana and his golden touch will keep LSU in the top five in recruiting.
The contract of LSU women's basketball coach Van Chancellor will be extended by two years with no salary adjustment.
Chancellor is truly one of the best women's coaches in the game and his personality and attitude set him apart from so many other coaches.
Throwing money around may not seem such a good thing with what's going on at campuses around the state.
But just check over in Saban land and how they are keeping Kirby Smart in tow with a raise.
The competition is not limited to the football field. And LSU is wise to realize that, even if the money crunch is being felt elsewhere.
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