Les Miles has a new seven-year contract at Louisiana State University that also will result in a pay raise for one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Tigers’ football program.
“I’m a LSU head coach and will be a LSU head coach for as long as I can be,” Miles said Wednesday. “Hopefully, we’ll look up seven years from now and I’ll be looking for another seven-year extension.”
The new contract runs through 2019, which amounts to a two-year extension. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said financial details were still being worked out and will be released after LSU plays in a still-undecided bowl game.
A person familiar with the contract said that Miles’ new annual pay would be in the range of $4.3 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details of Miles’ deal were not released.
Miles’ previous contract paid about $3.75 million annually through 2017. He has not received a raise since 2008, after LSU’s last national title, though he has since received an extension and raises for assistants.
Miles said Arkansas representatives reached out to him in a preliminary way, but he also said reports of a five-year, $27.5 million offer to take over the Razorbacks program were “not true.”
WASHINGTON STATE: Mike Leach says he intends to be coaching the Cougars again next season.
Leach’s name has come up in connection with some coaching vacancies across the country, particularly at North Carolina State.
But Leach said Wednesday that he’s happy in Pullman and not looking for another job. He says he wants to turn the Washington State program around.
IOWA: Coach Kirk Ferentz is sticking with coordinator Greg Davis, who oversaw one of the worst offenses in the nation in his first year on the job.
Ferentz said Davis will return for a second season, even though the Hawkeyes scored fewer than 20 points a game and lost their last six en route to a 4-8 record – their worst in 12 years.
Schemes, personnel and execution all seemed to be lacking for Iowa, which was 114th out of 124 teams in scoring.
CAMP FINALISTS: Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o are among the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.
Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Southern California receiver Marqise Lee are the other finalists. The award will be presented Dec. 6.
CONFERENCE USA: Middle Tennessee has accepted an offer to join the league and is leaving the Sun Belt, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.