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Leesville Daily Leader - Leesville, LA
  • LSU's Miles gets contract extension

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  • 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.
    Miles 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.
    "This Miles family is awfully comfortable in southern Louisiana," Miles said. "I think home is what we call this place.
    Miles was briefly wooed by Arkansas as its new head coach before the pay raise.
    "The Arkansas issue was a sincere one," Miles said. "A colleague of mine over the years is the athletic director over there and I have great respect for how he conducts business. Our conversations were very preliminary, and fell short of any major interest. 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 and I'm fortunate to have that commitment from a great institution and a great school in LSU."

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