Cam Cameron, LSU Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2016

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron yells to his team during warmups prior to a game against the McNeese State Cowboys at Tiger Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers have extended offensive coordinator Cam Cameron with a new three-year contract, according to Ross Dellenger of the Advocate

Financial figures were not immediately disclosed, though Dellenger reported Cameron's new deal will be in the ballpark of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda's contract, which will pay him $3.75 million over three years.  

Cameron’s contract was set to expire at the end of the month. He made $1.5 million per season in his first three years, and it’s unclear if he’ll be getting a raise. 

LSU also promoted defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to recruiting coordinator and will give him a raise and extension, per Dellenger. The Tigers have been working without a recruiting coordinator for almost two months after Frank Wilson took the head coaching job at Texas-San Antonio. 

The LSU board of supervisors must approve the contracts at its next meeting on March 18, per Dellenger.

Under Cameron, LSU ranked seventh in the SEC in total offense last year but led the conference in rushing behind workhorse Leonard Fournette. However, Cameron and the Tigers couldn’t match their success through the air. They ranked ahead of only Vanderbilt and Missouri in passing offense at 173.1 yards per game.

This will be the first spring Cameron enters with an upperclassman under center. Incumbent Brandon Harris (junior), Purdue transfer Danny Etling (junior) and Anthony Jennings (senior) will get reps.

Cameron came to Baton Rouge with an extensive NFL background. He was the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers from 2002-2006 when LaDainian Tomlinson thrived in his prime. He then replaced Nick Saban as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2007, lasting just one season. After that, he spent four years as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, winning Super Bowl 47. 

The Tigers started 7-0 last year and were No. 2 in the College Football Playoff committee rankings before losing three straight. The late-season slide led to reports head coach Les Miles would be fired before the season even ended. Had that been the case, Cameron likely would’ve been jettisoned as well. 

But the decision to keep Miles was made at halftime during the Tigers’ regular-season finale against Texas A&M. 

Now with the futures of Miles and Cameron secure, the Tigers can focus solely on football when spring practice begins Monday.