Social media blazes with Miles to Arkansas rumors

It sounds crazy, but Twitter rabble or not, the Internet has struck again.

LSU head coach Les Miles was said to be

out recruiting Tuesday night and unavailable for comment as a website

reported via

Twitter that he had been offered a substantial raise from Arkansas

to become the head coach of the Razorback team his Tigers

just beat 20-13 on Friday.

It was reported by SportsbyBrooks.com

that Miles, who in his time at LSU has twice turned down offers from his

alma mater,

Michigan, had been offered a five-year deal worth $27.5 million,

or roughly $ 5.5 million per year by Arkansas. His current

contract at LSU is worth $3.75 million per year before incentives.

Miles had scheduled a press conference for today at 2 p.m. long before the story broke on Tuesday afternoon, reportedly to

do nothing more than review the Arkansas victory and discuss his team’s bowl prospects.

It is not uncommon for coaches’ agents to use an offer from another school — real or imagined — to get their clients a raise

at their current post.

Newspapers in Arkansas quickly shot down the story of the offer, with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette quoting Miles’ agent,

George Bass, as saying, “There’s nothing like that going on.”

Bass is also the agent for TCU coach Gary Patterson, whose name has also come up in speculation for the open Arkansas job.

LSU officials, including sports information director Michael Bonnette, refused to comment, other than to acknowledge that

Miles was aware of the reports and did not care to comment.

But NOLA.com, the website of the

Times-Picayune of New Orleans, quoted an anonymous source within the LSU

athletic department

as confirming that Arkansas had made “a serious offer” and that

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva was meeting with Miles’ agent.

Part of the speculation centers around

the fact that Miles and Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long are

longtime friends.

Long worked in the Michigan athletic department during the eight

years that Miles was an assistant coach there after his playing

days.