BATON ROUGE - The contract for new LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe will be presented for approval to the LSU Board of Supervisors at its next meeting on March 4, vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva announced on Thursday.
In addition, the athletic department is proposing contract adjustments for three assistant football coaches, two of whom were recruited by other schools after LSU's Cotton Bowl victory in January, and the head strength coach who was also pursued by other athletics programs.
"When a football program is as successful as LSU has been under Les Miles, other schools will come calling on your staff members," said Alleva. "Consistency in a staff is a key ingredient to sustained success and Coach Miles has done a wonderful job of keeping a consistent coaching staff. These salary adjustments will help us maintain that success."
No state tax dollars and no student fees are used to fund LSU Athletics. All revenues are generated through ticket sales, donations associated with tickets, radio and television rights, concessions and merchandise sales and Southeastern Conference revenue distribution. USA Today recently reported that LSU and Nebraska were the only two athletics programs in the nation that used no state tax dollars to operate their athletics programs in each of the last four years.
The contract adjustments come on the heels of LSU's 11th straight bowl appearance. The Tigers posted a record of 11-2 and finished No. 8 in the country in 2010 after a resounding 41-24 win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. It was the fourth time LSU has won at least 11 games in a season since Miles arrived at LSU in 2005.
Kragthorpe's proposed contract is for three years with an annual salary of $700,000, equal to that of defensive coordinator John Chavis.
The athletic department is proposing salary increases for defensive line coach Brick Haley from $340,000 to $380,000; for offensive line coach Greg Studrawa from $230,000 to $275,000; and for tight ends coach Steve Ensminger from $170,000 to $190,000.
In addition, a promotion has been proposed for head strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt to assistant athletic director which would increase his annual compensation from $215,000 to $300,000.
"These proposed salaries are consistent with similar positions at other schools with which we must compete to remain successful," Alleva said.