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Les Miles’ contract extension officially approved

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In the midst of rumors that had him headed to Michigan (again), Les Miles and LSU reached an agreement on a contract extension back in January.

Now, in the midst of a storm of off-field controversy that includes two players arrested on felony charges and another suspended for at least the opener, that amended agreement has been signed off on.

LSU’s Board of Supervisors on Friday officially and unanimously approved the new contract, which will now run through the 2017 season.  Miles’ old deal would’ve kept the head coach with the Tigers through the 2014 season.

Additionally, Miles would be owed in the neighborhood of $18.7 million in the first year of the revamped contract if he’s fired without cause.  Under the terms of his old contract, that number would’ve been $11.2 million.

As was the case when the handshake agreement was first announced, Miles will not receive a raise and will still make the $3.75 million annually his old contract called for.  Miles will, however, have “enhanced opportunities” for additional compensation based on championships and postseason accomplishments.

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13 Responses to “Les Miles’ contract extension officially approved”
  1. Deb says: Aug 27, 2011 12:24 PM

    Under the circumstances, I’ll bet Les is glad to have ink on paper instead of relying on the goodwill of a handshake. When the going gets rough, some people tend to forget their verbal promises.

  2. southernpatriots says: Aug 27, 2011 12:27 PM

    Of course the contract of one of the best college football coaches in America today would be approved, and even unanimously by the Board. He did not ask for a raise, but the administration offered to him incentive bonuses. A bonus for: winning the SEC West; another bonus for winning the SEC; and a final large bonus and contract extension for 10 more years when he and his team win once again the BCS National Championship game at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA!

    Geaux Tigers!

  3. icelovinbrotha215 says: Aug 27, 2011 12:45 PM

    The Mad Hatter lives on! Geaux Tigers!

  4. thefiesty1 says: Aug 27, 2011 1:56 PM

    Better than a handshake. It may be a long season for the hat with Jefferson and Johns finished a week before Oregon.

  5. bender4700 says: Aug 27, 2011 4:19 PM

    Players getting arrested.
    Haven’t mattered in the national picture very much for a couple years
    Facing some possible problems with the NCAA.

    Yeah, I say that adds up to extension for an overrated coach.

  6. bender4700 says: Aug 27, 2011 6:30 PM

    Anyone think Les Miles still hates Kirk Herbstreit?

  7. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 27, 2011 6:40 PM

    Oh bender, All Miles does is win games at LSU. How is he overrated? They might be close wins, but they count. You never answered me when I asked you who your “spot free” team is?

    You’re invite to the Playa Haters Ball come in the mail yet? hate hate hate hate!!!

  8. bender4700 says: Aug 27, 2011 6:59 PM

    1st: Is the only thing fans have is to accuse you of hate when you are less than impressed by a guy who’s only claim to fame is a 2 loss national title?

    I like Les Miles and LSU just fine, he’s just not that great of a coach. If all he did is win he’d have at least 1 undefeated season, he has none.

    2nd: When did you ask me this?

    3rd: Define “spot free”. Do you me clean? Do you mean top notch team?

    4th: Are you even an LSU fan or just like talking smack.

    5th: With all due respect, you are offically one of the silliest posters on this site. Just saying. I know I’m not the only person who laughs when they read your posts.

  9. bender4700 says: Aug 27, 2011 7:22 PM

    Les Miles:
    W-L: 90-38 = .703%

    at OSU:
    28-21 = .571%

    2001: 4-7
    2002: 8-5
    2003: 9-4
    2004: 7-5

    at LSU:
    62-17 = .784%

    2005: 11-2
    2006: 11-2
    2007: 12-2 (National Title and loses Bo Pelini DC)
    2008: 8-5
    2009: 9-4
    2010: 11-2

    Since Bo left: 28-11 = .717%

    If “all he does is win” means 70% of the time a Les Miles head coached team will win, yes, this is true. Numbers prove it. Les Miles without Bo Pelini has so far proved to be closer to his previous time as a coach in major conference ranks.

    without Bo Pelini:
    56-32 = .636%

    So far the numbers prove he in fact, do not just win. They also prove, without one of the better defensive minds in College football he has been less effective as a head coach.

    at LSU without Jimbo Fisher:
    40-13 = .754%

    at LSU with Jimbo Fisher:
    22-4 = .846%

    The numbers show that with Jimbo Fisher Les Miles has been a less effective coach.

    Both Jimbo and Bo are head coaches now:

    Bo Pelini:
    29-12 = .707%

    Jimbo Fisher:
    10-4 = .714%

    Les Miles is less effective as a head coach without two men who both went on to become head coaches at high end programs.

    Numbers don’t lie, “just win baby”. He does, but only slightly below 3/4th’s the time.

    Good coach, good dude, but saying all he does is win is a flat out, proven lie.

  10. bender4700 says: Aug 27, 2011 7:26 PM


    does not* just win
    has been a more effective, not less with Jimbo.

  11. bender4700 says: Aug 27, 2011 7:35 PM

    jsut for kicks:

    Other SEC coaches:

    Nick Saban: 43–11 (.796)
    Urban Meyer: 104–23 (.819)
    Steve Spurrier: 186–73–2 (.716)
    Mark Richt: 96–34 (.738)
    Phillip Fulmer: 152-52 (.745)
    Bobby Petrino: (.727)

    Les: 90-38 (.703)

    6 coaches curent and former with better records.
    Nick Saban at LSU: 48-16 (.750)

    He isn’t even their best coach in the last decade in a half.

  12. bender4700 says: Aug 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    Nick Saban’s actual college overall record is:
    134–53–1 (.712) *if you count the tie as a loss, which I do).

    which is still better than Les Miles.

    Point: Les Miles isn’t the best coach in his coference, not even LSU’s best coach in recent history. Numbers prove it. Since WINS is all he gets.

  13. bender4700 says: Aug 29, 2011 12:40 PM

    I see Paul has nothing to say.

    Glad you could respond, after your classy mentioning of me never responding to your question.

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