Pellini returns to LSU
January 27, 2020
Pelini returns to LSU as DC
LSU hired Bo Pelini as its defensive coordinator, the school announced Monday. Pelini will earn around $2 million annually on a multi-year deal.
"The opportunity to return to LSU is truly unique," Pelini said in a statement. "Culturally, with my prior experience at LSU, I know it is a great fit for me. The chance to work with coach (Ed) Orgeron, the ability to take charge of the Tigers' defense is something that I'm extremely excited about. All of that in a place that both my family and I immensely enjoyed when we were there before is very exciting for us. We are very honored and looking forward to this next chapter."
Pelini, 52, previously served as LSU's defensive coordinator from 2005-07, helping the school win the national title in his last year.
Dave Aranda held the role after Pelini's departure. The position was then vacated after Aranda assumed head coaching duties at Baylor following the 2019 season.
Pelini led Youngstown State to a 6-6 record last year after been named head coach in December 2014. He also spent seven seasons at Nebraska in the same capacity (2008-14). Overall, he holds a 100-55 career record as a bench boss.
January 24, 2020
LSU inks Orgeron to 6-year extension worth over $42M
Ed Orgeron just got paid; big-time. LSU and Orgeron have agreed to a six-year contract extension valued at more than $42 million, the team announced Friday.
The deal also includes a $5-million split-dollar life insurance policy payable over the first two years.
"Coach O has set a new standard at LSU," athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. "He has proven that he is not only a championship coach, but also a leader of a program committed to doing things the right way. He has represented our institution and our state with great pride, on and off the field of play. He is well-deserving of this new contract, which should make clear our commitment to Coach O and the direction of our football program."
Orgeron wasn't the splashiest hire in 2016, but he's quickly emerged as one of the SEC's premier coaches. LSU has gone 40-9 overall under Orgeron, who led the team to a perfect record and the national championship this season.
The 58-year-old took home a number of honors during the title-winning campaign, including SEC Coach of the Year, The Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year, and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award.
At just over $7 million per season, Orgeron is set to earn more than all but five head coaches in the nation: Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh, and Jimbo Fisher.
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