Tuesday, 18 January 2011 21:40

LSU Miles Gets Less Money But More Friday Games

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Les Miles turned down more money to stay at LSU.

But Michigan athletic director David Brandon has gone out of his way to say the only coach offered the job was the No. 3 choice, Brady Hoke, who was San Diego State head coach and a former Michigan assistant coach.

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’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


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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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