There was never any indication that Les Miles wanted to leave LSU. And there was never an indication that Miles was seriously considering an offer from Arkansas. But just the fact that the rumblings were out there was enough for LSU to step up to the plate and give Miles a contract extension and a raise.
Here’s the statement regarding the move by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva:
“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 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.”
And that, boys and girls, is how you get a raise by getting offered a worse job than your own.