Former LSU coach Les Miles officially became the new football coach at Kansas when the school on Sunday announced his hire.
Miles received a five-year contract worth $2.775 million annually, with retention bonuses in November, 2020, and November, 2022. Miles is set to be formally introduced at a 5 p.m. press conference.
“Since the beginning of our search, we focused on identifying and recruiting an experienced head coach with a strong track record of success on and off the field,” Athletics Director Jeff Long said in a statement. “Coach Les Miles is exactly what we need for our program right now. His national reputation as a great recruiter and as a coach who student-athletes love playing for will enable us to break the cycle and return a winning tradition to the Kansas Jayhawks. We are thrilled to have Les and his family as Jayhawks!”
Miles has 142 career victories, a BCS national championship and two SEC titles. He has the most victories of any Kansas coach in the modern era.
Long also noted that Kansas is now the only school with current coaches who have won a national championship in football and basketball.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the KU football program, and I am grateful to Chancellor Girod and Jeff Long for the opportunity,” Miles said in a statement. “We will bring Jayhawk Football back, and we will do it with outstanding coaches, tremendous student-athletes of character and ability and an unrelenting drive for excellence.”
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— Jeff Long (@jefflongKU) November 18, 2018