Report: Ed Orgeron, LSU agree to massive raise, extension
Ed Orgeron is sitting on top of the college football world coming off of one of the best seasons in history.
His LSU Tigers finished 15-0 en route to winning the SEC Championship and national title, including a Heisman Trophy for quarterback Joe Burrow. In 2019, Orgeron was making $4 million, good for 30th overall in college football. He made less than Lovie Smith, Chad Morris, Charlie Strong and Pat Fitzgerald, but not anymore.
The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported Friday that Orgeron and LSU have agreed to a six-year contract worth more than $42 million in total compensation. Assuming Feldman’s compensation numbers are accurate, that would put Orgeron in the top five in college football around $7 million per season. It would rank only behind Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh and Jimbo Fisher. Kirby Smart was the fifth-highest paid coach in 2019 making a little over $6.7 million, per USA Today’s database.
The last seven weeks of LSU’s season (December 1 through January 21) was worth $200 million for the school in free advertising.
“It was the perfect storm of exposure for LSU football from the SEC Championship game through the Heisman Trophy ceremony and all the way up and beyond the National Championship Game, ending at the White House. Those are some premier events all generating major national coverage,” Jeremy Creutz, Director or Sponsorship Analytics said.
Orgeron is 40-9 overall since taking over LSU, including 23-7 in the SEC. In his last 12 games against top 10 opponents, the LSU head coach is 11-1.