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Miles given raise, extension at LSU

Posted: November 28, 2012 at 3:10 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.

LSU coach Les Miles speaks Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, on the sidelines during the second quarter against Arkansas at Razorback Stadium.

— Les Miles has been given a pay raise and two-year contract extension through 2019 at LSU less than 24 hours after his name surfaced in the search for Arkansas' new football coach.

NOLA.com, the website of the New Orleans-based Times-Picayune newspaper, reported Tuesday Miles had a "serious offer" to become the Razorbacks' head coach. Miles denied Wednesday he was offered a five-year contract worth $27.5 million, which NOLA.com initially reported, but said he did speak with UA athletics director Jeff Long and discussed candidates for the position.

"The Arkansas issue was a sincere one," Miles said. "There's a colleague and friend of mine over the years that is the athletic director there, so I have a great respect for how he conducts business. Our conversations were very preliminary, but fell short of any major, major interest.

"I very much respect those Razorbacks, but I'm the LSU head coach and will be the LSU head coach as long as I can be."

Miles' agent, George Bass, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Tuesday "There's nothing like that going on," when asked about the reported offer.

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Miles declined to comment on who initiated contact between he and Long. Their relationship dates to when both were on staff at the University of Michigan in the late 1980s and early '90s.

The 59-year-old Miles is in his eighth season at LSU. He has a record of 85-20 with the Tigers, winning the 2007 BCS national championship and finishing national runner-up last season. He won SEC championships both years.

"We've done some special things and it's nice that the administration recognizes that and says 'Coach, we want you to be here,'" Miles said.

Long hasn't spoken publicly about the Razorbacks' coaching search in more than a month. He told players during a team meeting Sunday to expect a new coach within 10 to 14 days.

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This idiot was just using our opening to pump up his check. I don't think Lomg would make him an offer unless he wanted to decide the fan base. This guy is an idiot

Posted by: AutopilotAR

November 28, 2012 at 4:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How has Missouri done without Mike Anderson?

Posted by: Moneymyst

November 28, 2012 at 4:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

If Jeff Long or someone acting for him actually contacted Miles about the ARK job then he should be fired. IMO this has been very detrimental to our coaching search.

How many other coaches are going to get raises because of our AD's incompetence?

If Long did not contact Miles then he should call a press conference and state flatly that he did not. Otherwise we are back where we were when B. Petrino bailed Jeff Long out by contacting him about the job.

Posted by: Kajon

November 28, 2012 at 7:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Come on Kajon - with this many schools looking for new head coaches, why wouldn't ALL of the good ones be getting raises regardless what Jeff Long may or may not have done or said? Les Miles just happens to be one of the ones smart enough to push the rumor mill into high gear and line his pockets at the same time. Jeff Long doesn't owe us or anyone an explanation of what Les Miles has said.

Posted by: ZeroGee

November 28, 2012 at 8:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )