- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Arkansas' coaching search took a very interesting twist Tuesday.
According to a report by The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Arkansas has offered LSU coach Les Miles a deal to become the Razorbacks' next head coach. The newspaper reported that Arkansas offered five years, $27.5 million.
"They made a serious offer," a source told the newspaper. "(Athletic director) Joe (Alleva) is meeting with (Miles') agent and the discussion is ongoing."
Miles' agent, George Bass, dismissed the report, telling the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: "There's nothing like that going on."
Miles is meeting with members of the media Wednesday, and sources told ESPN.com that he isn't expected to take Arkansas' offer.
It's a surprising move by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long. With interim coach John L. Smith out, Arkansas is looking to find a new coach by mid-December. Miles was certainly not one of the people picked to be on Long's list. But few surprises remain in college football these days.
While the Razorbacks won't get Miles, this shows just how much the program is willing to spend on its next had coach. That has to be very attractive to prospective candidates.