Following a big-money offer from Arkansas, I think Coach Les Miles is going to stay at LSU. I mean, you've got to be flattered any time you're offered a contract with an exorbitant amount of money. But he will remain at LSU. I have learned that they're working on a deal now where Coach Miles gets some sort of raise. He's not demanding that LSU match the Arkansas deal, it's going to be a raise where he'll make in excess of $4 million a year. They'll probably renegotiate the three years remaining on his current deal, in which he's making $3.7 million a season.
So, a raise between a quarter million and a half million a year at LSU. And the Arkansas offer sounded juicy, at five years at $28 million...but it was going to be an escalating contract, starting out in the $4 million range, and then in excess $6 million by his last year. But, all that is out the window, because LSU is currently working with Miles to remain with the Tigers.
What a lot of people are missing...when Saban was here, this sort of thing came up EVERY year. Why did it come up? Well, we knew Saban wanted to test the NFL waters. Now, every year, or obviously every other year, it comes up with Miles. So we must ask ourselves, why? Obviously, there must be some kind of lack of communication between Joe Alevia and Les Miles. He's won 85 games, he's lost 3 games in the last two years...so why is this coming up every year? To me, there's got to be some kind of "caution light" between Miles' success and the full backing of the athletic administration.
Who are you going to get? You can bring somebody else in, and they will not be able to win as many games as Les Miles has won. His record is what it says it is. He's averaging double-digit wins since he's been here. It's awfully hard to go out and find somebody else who can do that.