Louisiana State Football Coach Miles Gets Raise, Longer Contract

Louisiana State University football coach Les Miles will receive a contract extension and a raise after the Tigers’ season-ending bowl game.

Miles, 59, has a record of 85-20 in eight seasons at LSU and led the Tigers to a national championship in 2007.

“Les Miles is one of the premier coaches in the country and has LSU in contention for championships year in and year out,” Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said yesterday in a statement posted on LSU’s website.

LSU has a 10-2 record this season, including a 6-2 record in Southeastern Conference games. It has not yet been determined in which postseason bowl game the Tigers will play.

Details of Miles’s new contract are still being negotiated, the school said. The announcement of the extension and raise came after Miles said he had “very preliminary” conversations about coaching at conference rival Arkansas.

“I can tell you I very much respect those Razorbacks,” Miles said at a campus news conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “But I am an LSU head coach and will be an LSU coach as long as I can be.”

The Times-Picayune said on its website that Miles’s current salary is about $3.75 million per season.

“Our intent was to address his contract following this year’s bowl game, but speculation about other job opportunities accelerated our process,” Alleva said. “We have accomplished the important step of securing Les Miles as our head coach for the long-term good of the program.”

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