Les Miles staying at LSU, says Arkansas talks were just 'preliminary'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 28, 2012
Despite reports linking Les Miles to Arkansas, Miles will be staying at LSU.
The school announced a contract extension and a pay raise for Miles on Wednesday. There were reports Miles had been offered a five-year contract by Arkansas, but sources told CoachingSearch.com Tuesday night that no offer had been made. Miles said there was no 'Yes or No' needed from Arkansas.
Miles did confirm that there were talks with Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, but said they were only "preliminary."
"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, and fell short of any major interest. I kind of recommended other candidates and spoke to him. I did not speak to Jerry Jones. The view of five years and $27 million is not true.
"I can tell you that I very much respect those Razorbacks and how they played in that last game, but I'm an LSU head coach and will be an LSU head coach for as long as I can be. We've done some special things here, and it's nice that the administration recognize that and say, 'Coach, we want you to be here.
"Seven years is long tenure. I am fortunate to have that commitment from a great institution and great school as LSU."
Miles has been the head coach at LSU since 2005, posting an 85-20 record thus far. He won the BCS National Championship in the 2007 season and lost in the title game last season. He has produced the best eight-year run in program history.
Details of the contract are still in the negation process. according to the school, and they will be announced at a later date. Miles has not received a pay increase since it automatically was raised following the 2007 National Championship.
"I get the same thing for Christmas for probably the last eight years: socks and underwear. That doesn't change," he said. "The comfort that I have of where my car is parked and how I drive to work and how I get to the airport, that doesn't change. I have four children heading to college. I need a raise."
Athletic director Joe Alleva said LSU's intent was to address Miles' contract following this season's bowl game, but speculation about other job opportunities "accelerated" the process.
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