Louisiana State University overpaid football coach Brian Kelly by more than $1 million last year, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, adding to the coach’s already expected salary — but the payments were found to be accidental and the university came to an agreement with him. the coach to get his money back.
Kelly received double payments in May and June totaling $1,001,368, according to the auditor’s report.
The coach began receiving his paychecks through his limited liability company in May after previously being paid directly, but LSU held up the direct payments in May and June, resulting in two checks .
Last season was Kelly’s first at LSU, after he signed a 10-year, $95 million contract with the university after the end of the 2021 regular season — a deal that’s also loaded with incentives.
$500,000. That’s the amount of bonus Kelly gets at the end of each season, and he gets another $500,000 if LSU wins enough games to become bowl eligible. Kelly is set to receive a $1 million bonus for LSU’s performance in 2022.
Kelly is the fifth-highest paid college football coach in terms of base salary, according to NBC Sports, behind USC’s Lincoln Riley, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Georgia’s Kirby Smart and Alabama’s Nick Saban, who leads the a deal that paid him $11.7. million last year. Kelly arrived at LSU in late 2021 after abruptly leaving Notre Dame, where he coached 12 seasons and had more wins than any coach in the program’s 136-year history. Kelly’s first season at LSU was highly successful, as he coached the team to a Southeastern Conference division title and a November victory over Alabama, which was LSU’s first home win against the Crimson Tide since 2010 in respect.
Kelly, 61, has never won a national championship, but he hopes to become the fourth straight LSU coach to win college football’s top prize. Predecessor Ed Orgeron won a national title in 2020, Les Miles won in 2008 and Nick Saban – who coached at LSU before Alabama – won in 2004.
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