Miles' pay raise approved by LSU board

BATON ROUGE (AP) — LSU football coach Les Miles has a new seven-year contract that pays him a $4.3 million annual salary and

keeps him in Tiger Stadium through the 2019 season.

The university system's Board of Supervisors backed the contract extension Friday, giving Miles a $549,000 — or 15 percent

— increase.

"When you study the body of work that the

man has done over the last eight years, I believe that he has run a

quality program,

one of the top programs in the country. And in my evaluation, all

indications look like we're still going to be there, we're

going to stay on that track," Athletics Director Joe Alleva told

the board.

Since becoming LSU's coach in 2005, Miles has lodged the second-highest number of wins in university history, with a record

of 85-21. LSU finished No. 14 for the 2012 season, going 10-3 and losing to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Miles, who didn't attend Friday's meeting, and Alleva agreed to the new deal in December, after Arkansas contacted Miles about

its then-vacant head coaching job.

The board approved the pay raise and contract extension with little discussion and no objections, but the salary bump didn't

come without some criticism from outside the board.

Four LSU faculty members contrasted the pay raise for Miles against the lack of a salary increase for university professors

and instructors, who haven't received raises for several years as the Baton Rouge campus faced repeated budget cuts.

They said morale is low, faculty and staff are looking for jobs elsewhere and some instructors earn so little that they can

qualify for food stamps.

"Give the coach his raise. He's earned it. Then, get down to business and find a way to fuel the real future of this state

before it's too late," said Bill Armstrong, collection development coordinator for LSU Libraries.

Said Lois Kuyper-Rushing, an LSU librarian, "I ask simply that LSU reward all successful people in its employ ... The rest

of the LSU family needs recognition for their years of service and success."

Board members said they were sympathetic to

the faculty concerns and hoped a system-wide university reorganization

will help

improve the campus financial situation. But they also noted that

Miles' pay comes from the athletic department budget, which

is self-generated funding and doesn't involve state dollars or

tuition income.