In the end, you had to know this is how things were going to turn out.
Reports surfaced yesterday that Arkansas made a contract offer to LSU’s Les Miles to become the next head coach for the Razorbacks. After a disastrous season in Fayetteville, it look like a desperation move on Arkansas’ part or just a nifty performance by Miles’ agent trying to gain some leverage and get the ‘Mad Hatter’ a new contract.
As you and everyone else may have assumed, it turned out to be just what its always been with Miles: speculation. The extension is said to include some type of raise and to be finalized some time following the Tigers’ bowl game, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad.
Miles is the second-highest paid head coach in the SEC behind Nick Saban’s $5.5 million. Miles earned just short of $3.9 million in 2012. His salary rose significantly following LSU’s 2007 national championship.
It’s somewhat comical that a few people out there believed Miles was actually considering making the move to Arkansas. Why in the world would he leave LSU? He turned downed a chance to return to his alma mater and become the head coach at Michigan. He’s perfectly content in Baton Rouge and has done an exceptional job building that program in to a contender every season.
Leverage is one of the smartest business strategies one can have. And as we’ve seen in the past, Miles and his agent most certainly make sure they have it.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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