Les Miles: 'I'd be foolish to leave'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 5, 2012
With the coaching carousel spinning as fast as ever, it feels like Les Miles' decision to stay at LSU was long ago.
While on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, Miles was asked about coaches' names getting floated around in order to get a raise, something Miles denied happened with him. Miles was given a new seven-year deal, but the finanicial details have not been disclosed.
"That was not the case with Arkansas," Miles said. "I have great respect for the institution and certainly what they've done in our conference. Jeff Long, the AD there is longtime friend of mine and associate. I recognized the professionalism that he offers. So there was a sincerity about our conversations - not offer - but a sincerity about our conversations that I certainly had to respect.
"That's not a point of leverage, in my mind. I have never been or needed to be the highest-paid guy in this country. I can tell you that we would compare success here with any. I can tell you that we're more affixed in the longevity of the contract than we are with how much we're making. The opportunity to be here seven years and continue success and hopefully continue to exceed expectations is what we've set as the mark.
Miles continued to emphasize what the job and area has meant to his family.
"What's happened to my family is, they've grown up in Louisiana," he said. "We've been here eight years. My eldest was 10, my youngest was one. Home is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is for them and it is for Cathy, my wife, and myself, as well. I was never offered a job, but the opportunity certainly is there on an annual basis.
"Again, we're very fortunate to be at a place that sees football excellence as important, that has a great education for our players to launch a career after football. It's a great community to raise a family. So I'd be foolish to leave."
You can listen to the interview by clicking here.
Chris Vannini is the lead writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and MLive.com. He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com