Outback Bowl: LSU football reading room

LSU has most-expensive assistant coaches in America

Published: December 19 2013 | 1:55 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:05 am in
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You Iowa football fans lead busy lives. You need your news about Outback Bowl participant LSU in one easy-to-use reading room. Fortunately, you've come to the right place.

I encourage you to click on all the links and give readership to those who did the legwork to provide the stories I'm listing in capsule form.

LSU has a first-team All-American kick-returner: His name is Odell Beckham Jr. He makes things happen.

Beckham was a first-teamer on the Football Writers Association of America honor squads. He was third-team Associated Press All-America. He also won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player.

Beckham had 2,222 all-purpose yards. He had 1,117 receiving yards, 806 yards on kickoff returns, 141 yards on punt returns, and the second-most famous return of a missed field goal for a touchdown in the SEC this season. He took a field goal miss 100 yards for a score against UAB. Some Auburn kid did the same thing against Alabama a few weeks ago. It made the news, I guess.

LSU's assistant coaching staff led the nation in gross pay for the 2013 season. LSU assistant coaches' salary packages will total approximately $4.6 million for the fiscal year of July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. Tigers defensive coordinator John Chavis earned $1.1 million in 2013.

Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker's was paid $306,223 for the year that ended June 30.

According to Forbes magazine, LSU has the fourth-most valuable college football program. At $105 million, the program trails only Texas, Notre Dame and Alabama.

Forbes consider each team's value to its athletic department, its university's academic endeavors, its conference and its school's local economy.

Michigan is fifth, Ohio State ninth, Nebraska 10th, Penn State 15th, Wisconsin 16th. Forbes said Michigan State was the one team in last year's Top 20 to fall off the list, and Iowa was the program that was next in line to crack the top 20.

LSU will have three fewer defensive backs on its roster than were on it for its regular-season finale. None were starters, though sophomore Micah Eugene did start the first two games of the season.

Eugene had 33 tackles and a quarterback sack, but yielded playing time to a pair of freshman defensive backs.

Finally: Lou Holtz is picking LSU to beat Iowa.


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