Les Miles staying with LSU

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LSU head football coach Les Miles, who became the second-winningest
coach in Tiger football history during the 2012 season, will receive an
increase in salary and a contract extension following LSU's bowl appearance
this year, it was announced Wednesday by Vice Chancellor and Director of
Athletics Joe Alleva.

 

Details
of the contract changes are still in the negotiation process and will be
announced at a later date, and are subject to approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors.

“Les Miles is one of the premier coaches in the country and has LSU in
contention for championships year in and year out,” Alleva said.  “Only
two coaches in the 119-year history of LSU football have coached as many years
at this school and only one has won more games.  Les Miles has made a
commitment to LSU and LSU is solidifying its commitment to Les Miles.”

 

The
2011 National Coach of the Year, Miles has an eight-year record of 85-20 at LSU
going into its 2012 bowl game.   He has won .810 percent of his games
since coming to Baton Rouge in 2005, the fifth best winning percentage in the
history of the SEC, while taking the Tigers to the best eight-year record in
school history.  He has led LSU to four top five finishes, two
Southeastern Conference titles and the BCS National Championship in 2007. Two
years in a row LSU has posted the second best Graduation Success Rate in the
SEC, trailing only Vanderbilt.

 

“The
coaching business is a competitive one and it is important to compensate our
coach for his accomplishments and his worth,” Alleva said.  “Les has not
received a pay increase since his salary was automatically elevated following
our national championship in 2007 and he has continued to keep LSU on the
national stage.

 

“Our
intent was to address his contract following this year's bowl game, but
speculation about other job opportunities accelerated our process a little,”
Alleva said.  “I think we have accomplished the important step of securing
Les Miles as our head coach for the long-term good of the program.”

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