Ed Orgeron collects over $1 million in bonuses for LSU's 15-0 season
LSU and head coach Ed Orgeron earned national championship rings with a 42-25 victory against Clemson on Monday. Orgeron also earned a fat bonus check.
For winning the national title and LSU’s various other accomplishments this past season, Orgeron earned a $1.775 million bonus, which was $600,000 more than any other coach’s bonus in college football this season. Based on the tracking at USA Today Sports, it’s also the greatest single-season bonus rewarded to a college football coach ever.
Orgeron might not be done either. He can still earn another $200,000 if his players perform well academically.
Monday’s loser, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, didn’t do too poorly himself, as USA Today Sports reports he made a $600,000 bonus this season.
Other than Orgeron, Oregon’s Mario Cristobal was the only other coach with a bonus greater than $1 million ($1.175 million). Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham earned bonuses of $775,000 and $621,667, respectively.
According to USA Today Sports, college football head coaches raked in $11.4 million in bonuses this season, and that doesn’t include the millions more that assistant coaches across the FBS made.