BATON ROUGE - 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."
COMMENTS FROM LSU COACH LES MILES PRESS CONFERENCE
"The Arkansas issue was a sincere one. A colleague of mine over the years is the athletic director over there. I have great respect for how he conducts business. Our conversations were very preliminary, and fell short of any major interest. I recommended other candidates. I did not speak to Jerry Jones. The view of five years and $27 million is not true. I very much respect those Razorbacks and how they played in that last game. But I am an LSU Head Coach, and will be an LSU Head Coach for as long as I can be. We've done some special things here. It's nice that the administration, Joe Alleva, and Chancellor Jenkins recognize that. Seven years is a long tenure. I'm fortunate to have that commitment from a great institution and a great school in LSU."
On the contract extension...
"This Miles family is awfully comfortable in southern Louisiana. I have teenage sons that love going off to school. I have a nine-year-old daughter that is as happy as she can be. I have a 19-year-old daughter with one college team, and a bunch of other teams. I think home is what we call this place."
On staying at LSU...
"I think the school first and for most is a tremendous academic institution that gives its students a quality education and gives them the opportunity to have a career not reflective of an athletic background. Then the opportunity to play and participate in Tiger Stadium, to represent this state and to be a part of this team that has the opportunity year in and year out to play for the Western Division championship, Conference championship and therefore the National championship as well. I would compare it to any school in the country. It would compare very favorably."
On the 2012 season and future bowl game...
"I really felt this year three games into it our team changed numbers. Key players were not there. At some point in time there was an absence of seven starters, and 14 players. There was an opportunity for young guys, true freshmen, to step in the fold, and play and be counted on. To see the future evolve for us in this year really was pretty special. I thought our assistant coaches did a great job. When freshmen or young players stepped in the fold they played big, played with expectations and played like Tigers. I would have never taken a 10-2 final. But as it played out I felt like this team continued to improve, and really wants to be a very quality football team."
"We are looking forward to playing in a quality bowl game. I think our football team will be better. I think we'll return at least two starters to the play. I think another of other guys will step forward and be healthier. I think our fans will look forward to playing. I think we will fill a bowl arena. We look forward to that. There speculation on which bowl. I know LSU will be there in attendance, and that will be enough."
"Eric Reid was named an AFCA All-American. Congratulations to him. Our short-term plan will be a couple weeks of rehabilitation to get healthy. After the finals we will start practice, and narrow down on an opponent. We look forward to playing, and finishing the semester strong."