Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Miles spoke to Michigan, but reiterated commitment to LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Les Miles denied once again
Tuesday he is interested in filling Michigan's head coaching
Miles, who is spending this week recruiting for LSU, released a
statement Tuesday in response to a report in the Detroit Free Press
that the Tigers' coach had spoken with Michigan athletic director
Bill Martin and school president Mary Sue Coleman late last week.
"I had a conversation with Michigan last week that covered a
wide range of topics. I was doing nothing more than helping them
with their search for a football coach, just as any loyal alumnus
might do. It was nothing more than that," Miles, the former
Oklahoma State football coach, said.
"I'm not a candidate for that job and I will not be a candidate
for the job," Miles said. "I was only assisting them in their
search for a coach. I have a great job at a wonderful place, a
place that my family calls home. It's time that Michigan goes on
with their search for a football coach. I'll say it again, I'm
going to be the coach at LSU next season."
Miles played and was an assistant coach at Michigan, where he
was believed to be a leading candidate to take over after Lloyd
Carr resigned in November.
However, Miles held an unusual press conference hours before the
Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 1,
saying he intended to remain LSU's coach.
LSU then defeated Tennessee, allowing the Tigers to advance to
the BCS title game against Ohio State after Missouri and West
Virginia both lost later that night.
Last week, Miles signed a contract extension that would keep him
at LSU through 2012. His salary will depend on whether LSU wins the
BCS championship game in New Orleans on Jan. 7.
If LSU wins, the contract provides Miles must become among the
nation's top-earning college football coaches, no less than the
third highest paid. University officials estimate that would put
his annual earnings between $3.2 million and $3.5 million -- but
that could grow depending on contract negotiations with other
Should Ohio State win the game, Miles contract would increase to
at least $2.8 million annually based on LSU's SEC championship this
A $1.25 million buyout that Miles must pay if he leaves LSU for
Michigan remains in the contract, which also includes a new
settlement clause should Miles be fired without cause before the
contract expires. If LSU fired Miles, the coach could be owed as
much as $15 million, up from $10 million.