LSU tops the nation in coordinator pay, is second nationally in staff payDecember 8, 2017 12:01am

Dec. 07--No school pays its coordinators as much as LSU.

Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was the highest paid assistant in college football in 2017, and Matt Canada was the fourth-highest paid and made more than any other offensive coordinator, according to figures released by USA Today.

The combined salaries of the two men, $1.8 and $1.5 million respectively, were more than any other school doled out to its coordinators -- by a wide margin. Alabama and Clemson were second at $2.5 million. Michigan was next ($2.45M) with Texas A&M ($2.4M) rounding out the top five.

The news is not-so surprising. The Advocate reported the pay of LSU's two coordinators in the spring, and many believed they would be the highest paid at their respect positions. The school signed head coach Ed Orgeron to a more modest contract ($3.5M a year) to allow heavy spending on the two coordinator spots.

LSU was second nationally in total staff pay at $5.915 million, trailing Alabama's $5.995 million. Clemson ($5.725M), Michigan ($5.645M) and Florida ($4.997M) completed the top five.

LSU strength coach Tommy Moffitt's yearly salary, $410,000 according to USA Today, puts him eighth nationally among his peers.

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LSU coaching staff

Name

Contract expiration

Salary

Ed Orgeron, head coach

Dec. 31. 2021

$3.5M

Dave Aranda, DC/AHC

March 31, 2020

$1.8M

Matt Canada, OC

March, 31, 2020

$1.5M

Tommie Robinson, RBs/RC, AHC

March 31, 2020

$575,000

Jeff Grimes, O-line

March 31, 2018

$550,000

Corey Raymond, DB

March 31, 2020

$400,000

Steve Ensminger, TE

March 31, 2019

$325,000

Mickey Joseph

March 31, 2019

$225,000

Dennis Johnson, OLB

March 31, 2019

$180,000

Pete Jenkins, D-line

N/A

$25,000^

Key support staff

Tommy Moffitt, strength coach

March 30, 2020

$400,000

Austin Thomas, general manager

May 31, 2018

$125,000

^ Pete Jenkins remains a transient employee who is paid the monthly rate listed, according to records obtained by The Advocate.

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