Arkansas Offers LSU’s Les Miles Contract
The thought of Miles leaving LSU for an inferior job within the SEC west seems highly unlikely, and in my estimation is using this offer as leverage for a raise for himself and for his assistant coaches, in particular defensive coordinator John Chavis who is one of the premiere defensive minds in college football.
According to the Times-Picayune, Miles’ agent and LSU athletic director Joe Alleva will meet to discuss the contract offer and the discussion will be ongoing.
Miles has delivered a national title in his tenure at LSU and appeared in another while residing in one of the more fertile recruiting bases in America, so I think he a snowball has a greater chance of surviving in the Gobi desert as Miles has of going to Fayetteville.
If he were to jilt the Tigers he would be a bigger enemy than his predecessor at LSU, Nick Saban, who bolted the Bayou Bengals for the NFL and later the Crimson Tide.
This isn’t the first time that Miles has been linked to other coaching jobs and was rumored to be very close to accepting the University of Michigan job before that ultimately went to Rich Rodriguez
During his eight years at LSU, Miles is the school’s second winningest coach with an 85-20 record and earns $3.75 million plus incentives, so he stands to make a substantial raise if he were to leave.
However, expect LSU and Miles to come to terms on a contract extension in the coming days and weeks to lock up Miles for the long-term.
From Arkansas’ perspective you have to applaud their aggressiveness in trying to reel in a big fish. Even if they strike out with Miles, the fan base should be encouraged that athletic director Jeff Long is trying to hit a homerun.
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