How much Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football is paying new coach Michael Desormeaux
New Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns football coach Michael Desormeaux has agreed to terms on a five-year, $3.875 million contract, the school said Tuesday.
Desormeux will make $775,00 annually through Dec. 1, 2026. The contract, subject to approval from the UL System Board of Supervisors, takes effect Jan. 1, 2022.
He is making $185,000 this season after being promoted to co-offensive coordinator and made $145,000 as tight ends coach in 2020.
Desormeaux, 36, accepted the job Friday.
Desormeaux also will receive a courtesy vehicle, an unspecified cell phone allowance and a ticket allotment.
His deal contains several incentive bonuses, including $250,000 for a New Year's Six Bowl or College Football Playoff appearance, $25,000 for a non-New Year's Six bowl appearance and $10,000 for a bowl win.
Others include $25,000 for a division championship or $50,000 for a conference title, $25,000 for winning 10 regular-season games, $10,000 for beating a Power 5 opponent, $25,000 for a final top 25 ranking, $20,000 for winning Sun Belt coach of the year and $50,000 for winning a national coach of the year award.
The Cajuns doubled Napier’s salary from about $1 million in 2020 to $2 million plus bonuses this season. He agreed to a reported seven-year, $51.8 million contract at Florida.
Napier had a $3 million buyout, which Florida will pay, that could be used to cover a portion of the money UL is paying Desormeaux.
In a renegotiated contract approved earlier this year, Napier had $2.5 million pool for 10 assistant coaches, plus a pool of at least $510,000 for football support personnel and his chief of staff, a $485,000 pool for strength and conditioning coaches, a $225,000 pool for up to 11 quality control coaches and up to $50,000 for a football academic support/player development coordinator.
Athletics director Bryan Maggard said Tuesday that UL will match for Desormeaux the assistant coach, strength staff and support staff budget that Napier was afforded.
Desormeaux, a former Cajuns quarterback and former high school head coach at Ascension Episcopal, has spent six seasons as a UL assistant coach.
Napier stayed to coach the Sun Belt title game.