Les Miles is the only coach in the country who can threaten to leave an unreal program and job to take a lesser job and end up getting a raise. And contrary to reports, there may be some legitimacy to the SportsByBrooks report of Miles having an Arkansas offer on the table. However, Miles denies there was ever an offer.
Les Miles: 5 years and $27 million is not true. My discussion with Jeff Long was very preliminary. I recommended other candidates.
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) November 28, 2012
Miles will receive a raise and a contract extension at LSU, per the university this afternoon.
“Les Miles is one of the premier coaches in the country and has LSU in contention for championships year in and year out,” Alleva said. “Only two coaches in the 119-year history of LSU football have coached as many years at this school and only one has won more games. Les Miles has made a commitment to LSU and LSU is solidifying its commitment to Les Miles.”
Miles is the 2011 national coach of the year, but he has been making $3.75 million per year since 2008 with no raises. He’s won .810 percent of his games while at LSU, and there was no way the Tigers’ athletic department was going to let him get away, much less to another job within their own division.
“The coaching business is a competitive one and it is important to compensate our coach for his accomplishments and his worth,” Alleva said. “Les has not received a pay increase since his salary was automatically elevated following our national championship in 2007 and he has continued to keep LSU on the national stage.
“Our intent was to address his contract following this year’s bowl game, but speculation about other job opportunities accelerated our process a little,” Alleva said. “I think we have accomplished the important step of securing Les Miles as our head coach for the long-term good of the program.”
The thought of Miles calling the Hogs was enjoyable, but realistically, it wasn’t going to happen, ever. Arkansas AD Jeff Long will now have to move on to another, more realistic coaching candidate.
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