LSU football coach Les Miles. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 11:29 AM
BATON ROUGE (AP) — The proposed new contract for LSU football coach Les Miles calls for an average annual salary increase from $3.751 million to $4.3 million over the seven-year term.
The Advocate reported the new deal, which Miles and Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva agreed to in December, will be presented to the LSU Board of Supervisors at its Feb. 1 meeting.
The agreement was reached in December in the immediate aftermath of Arkansas contacting Miles about its then-vacant head coaching position.
LSU, which was ranked No. 1 in one preseason poll, finished No. 14 in the final Associated Press poll after a last-second 25-24 loss to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 dropped the Tigers to 10-3.
Since the end of the season a record 11 underclassmen, counting former All-America cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who was kicked off the team last August, declared for early entry into the NFL draft in April.
But LSU is poised to land one of the top recruiting classes in the country on National Signing Day in two weeks, which would help mitigate the loss of underclassmen.
"Les Miles is one of the most successful coaches in America and he has the LSU program in position to compete for championships each and every year in the most dominant football conference (the Southeastern Conference) in the country," Alleva said in a statement released by LSU. "He recruits at an elite level, his players graduate and he is a respected member of the community. We are proud he will lead the LSU football program for the long-term future."
The Tigers have won 34 games during the last three seasons and have the most overall victories among Southeastern Conference teams during Miles' tenure, which began in 2005. His overall winning percentage of .802 is the fifth-best mark in the history of the SEC.