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Miles gets a contract extension, but no bump in salary

Les Miles

Normally a flirtation with another school that’s not consummated results in the head coach receiving some additional years on his contract and a pay raise to reward him for his “loyalty”.

Les Miles, though, walks a different, more far-flung path than most humans.

Or, as Emmy-award winner Darren Rovell of CNBC put it on Twitter, “Congrats to Les Miles, the 1st coach to talk to another school, stay at original school & not get a pay raise.”

Following conversations with Michigan regarding their vacancy, Miles opted to remain at LSU.  For that, Miles and the school have reached agreement on a new contract that will run through the 2017 season.  His old deal was set to run through 2014.

The kicker, though, is that Miles did not receive a pay raise as part of the new/extended deal.  It’s not like Miles will be applying for food stamps at any point in the near future, however, as he’s still scheduled to make $3.751 million.  That number made him the sixth-highest paid head coach in college football in 2010.

Although it doesn’t include a pay raise, the new deal will include, the Baton Rouge Advocate writes, “enhanced opportunities” for additional compensation based on championships and postseason accomplishments.

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8 Responses to “Miles gets a contract extension, but no bump in salary”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jan 12, 2011 1:09 PM

    Well done Coach! No raise, but “incentive bonuses” is a great sign! Get the team another SEC championship and get a bonus! Get the team to another national championship (isn’t that the same as the SEC championship, sorry for the redundancy!) and get a bonus! Beat Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt in the East SEC and then beat Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Auburn in their division, the East SEC and get a bonus! Depending upon the bonus, he may be making Saban salary soon! A Class man, a class program, thanks Coach Miles. We will be making some great Cajun food soon and will try to get some to you and your staff. Merci beaucoup! Geaux Tigers!

  2. southernpatriots says: Jan 12, 2011 1:10 PM

    correction: The second East SEC should read West SEC…temporary blip.

  3. drozman says: Jan 12, 2011 1:21 PM

    Maybe after talking to UM he truly didn’t want the job or UM didn’t lie what he had to say. As of right now the LSU job is a better job than UM. Next year he can make a Natl Tille run. UM will be trying to get to any bowl.

    Stay in the SEC where recruiting is easier with better weather and better NFL prep for prospects. Since 1998 5 of 12 SEC schools have Natl Champ. That puts you on TV more and attracts more NFL observers on a game by game basis.

    I hope it isn’t so, but UM is following in NDs path…remember when Army and Navy where #1 contenders? Me either, but they used to be. Maybe it’s just evolution of the game.

  4. LSUSaint76 says: Jan 12, 2011 2:14 PM

    I agree with Drozman about the evolution of the game comment, however, there was a time when LSU football sank too – aka the Hallman/Gerry Dinardo years. So that’s just to make the point that maybe it’s not so much evolution it’s just the cycle. I do think with the right coach, and patience from the administration, that UM can have a good program again – but it’s a total wreck right now and the keyword to me for UM is patience.

    I wasn’t ever a Miles fan until he decided to turn down more money to return home – assuming an offer was made. And now with reports coming out that he’s told OC Crowton to move on, I’m starting to like him more and more. I think if LSU can bring in an OC with some imagination, this could be another really good few years ahead.

  5. southernpatriots says: Jan 12, 2011 3:06 PM

    We admired Miles since he was with Coach McCartney. We did not know at the time he was also mentored by Coach Bo, but learned that later and it deepened our admiration. Now that he turned down more money to move north and apparently likes our Cajun cuisine, temperate weather, strong fan base, great recruiting area, local, regional, and national media exposure, he is a class act. We must agree with the OC observation. We do not know who is best to fill that position that already does not have a good job and likes where they are.

  6. lucky5927 says: Jan 12, 2011 4:01 PM

    Their ya go LSU… reward the guy for turning down his dream job with a “NO-Raise” extension. Not even sure when the last time that was accomplished?

  7. ernieernie says: Jan 12, 2011 6:56 PM

    LSU isn’t as stupid as I thought. This time they realized they were being snookered (Miles had no intention of ever going to Michigan) and held out until Miles played his Michigan visit card.
    Then they must have put it on the line that hey, we will give you an extension but no pay raise buddy.

  8. waterboy2 says: Jan 12, 2011 8:44 PM

    Please bring in a OC thats worth a darn!!! Someone who can develop a quarterback… We cant go through another season of unproductive offense, Leslie’s luck will eventualy run out… Thats being said, if Les is our guy, then I support him! Looks like LSU will be a preseason top 5!!

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