If either No. 1 choice Jim Harbaugh or No. 2 Miles had wanted the job, it was theirs for the taking. Harbough, who was the first choice, accepted the 49ers job at $5 million a year, and Miles remained at LSU with a two-year extension and more incentives. Both played for Michigan.
A member of LSU's board of supervisors, confirmed that the talks between Miles and Michigan were serious enough that money was discussed, and that the LSU coach turned down a significant raise to remain in Baton Rouge.
"He was offered more than $ 4 million to become Michigan coach," LSU board member Stanley Jacobs told the Shreveport Times. "When he said no, they came back and offered more. And he said no again."
Per College Football Talk.com, "He never leveraged his offer from Michigan for more money from LSU," said Jacobs. "This guy is the real deal. He really is. He was offered more money. I was told in the $4.25 million range and turned it down. Then they came back and offered more, and he turned it down again."
Miles, who says he loves the University of Michigan, is happy in Baton Rouge, and said Michigan has changed since he was there years ago as a player and assistant coach.
Miles currently makes $3.75 million, and he worked out a new contract that did not include a pay raise, just an extension and more incentives for winning championships.
The man who presides over LSU also decided to take a jab at Michigan and its pursuits of the Tigers' coach, taking issue with Brandon's claim that the job was offered only to Hoke.
"Well if Hoke was his first choice, he would've signed him up prior to ever talking to Harbough or Miles." said LSU chancellor Mike Martin. "Don't you think?'
Meanwhile, Miles is searching for a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
TCU offensive co-coordinator, Justin Fuente was scheduled to interview for the job with Miles over the weekend. Fuente, 34, and fellow co-coordinator Jarrett Anderson directed a Horned Frogs attack that finished No. 10 in the nation i in rushing offense with 247.8 years per game, but senior quarterback Andy Dalton finished fifth nationally in passing efficiency with a166.4 rating based on 209 completions in 316 attempts for 2,857 yards and 27 touchdowns and six interceptions.
"Young, smart with a great reputation as an up and coming coach," said NFL draft expert Mike Detillier, who has contracts with several coaches around the country involved in searches. "He really did a great job with Dalton."
Detillier, a regular on WWL sports shows, said he had an NFL coach call him the other day and inquired about the LSU job."
Among the other candidates are Tennessee offensive coordinator/running backs coach Jim Chaney; Wisconsin offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Paul Chryst, Southern Mississippi offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Blake Anderson; Washington offensive coach/quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeir; and former Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe.
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LSU-ARKANSAS FOOTBALL GAME RETURNS TO FRIDAY FOR NEXT TWO YEARS
LSU’s season-finale against Arkansas will be played the day after Thanksgiving for the next two years, the Southeastern Conference announced on Tuesday.
The Tigers and the Hogs will play on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 in Tiger Stadium and then again on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 in Little Rock. Both games will kickoff at 1:30 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally by CBS.
LSU and Arkansas met on the day after Thanksgiving for 13 straight years from 1996 to 2008 before playing on Saturday for the past two seasons. The Tigers and Hogs play annually in the Battle for the Boot, which is a 24-karat trophy molded in the shape of Louisiana and Arkansas.
2011 LSU Football Schedule
Sept. 3 vs. Oregon Arlington, Texas
Sept. 10 Northwestern State Baton Rouge
Sept. 15 at Mississippi State Starkville, Miss.
Sept. 24 at West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va.
Oct. 1 Kentucky Baton Rouge
Oct. 8 Florida Baton Rouge
Oct. 15 at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct. 22 Auburn Baton Rouge
Oct. 29 Open
Nov. 5 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Nov. 12 Western Kentucky Baton Rouge
Nov. 19 at Ole Miss Oxford, Miss.
Nov. 25 Arkansas Baton Rouge