It turns out LSU does not take the standard job posting line “salary commensurate with experience” lightly.
The school revealed new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s salary on Wednesday morning. Cameron, whose hiring was announced on Friday, will make a total of $3.4 million for the length of his three-year contract. He will make $600,000 this year, $1.3 million in 2014 and $1.5 million in 2015.
According to the USA Today database, Cameron’s $600,000 salary would have tied with Florida’s Brent Pease for the highest among SEC offensive coordinators in 2012. Greg Studrawa, who coordinated the Bayou Bengals’ offense in 2012 and will now shift back to strictly coaching LSU’s offensive line, made $525,334 in 2012.
The SEC has long put defense in high regard, with defensive coordinators John Chavis (LSU), Kirby Smart (Alabama), Brian VanGorder (Auburn), Todd Grantham (Georgia) and Sal Sunseri (Tennessee) each pulling in $750,000 or more in 2012, and Cameron will now join and surpass that group when his salary more than doubles in 2014 and leaps again in 2015. Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is believed to be the highest-paid coordinator in college football with a raise to $1.3 million in December (private schools are not required to report salary figures.)
Of course, Cameron is the only member of college football’s uper-echolon coordinators with experience as both a head coach and coordinator in the NFL.
Cameron’s 2013 salary ranks above what 31 FBS head coaches made in 2012, just above Hawaii’s Norm Chow and UAB’s Garrick McGee, and equal with Marshall’s Doc Holliday and Army’s Rich Ellerson. Cameron’s 2015 salary would put him above what 60 FBS head coaches made last year, including the likes of Oregon State’s Mike Rile, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and equal to Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez and conference mate Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss.