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Thursday, November 15, 2018

LSU announces settlement with former football coach Les Miles

FILE - LSU head coach Les Miles ponders a reporter's question's following an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Mississippi won 38-17. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

FILE - LSU head coach Les Miles ponders a reporter's question's following an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Mississippi won 38-17. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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LSU and its former head coach Les Miles reached a financial settlement Thursday that clears a path for Miles to take another head coaching position. 

The 65-year-old Miles has been considered a top candidate for the Kansas football coaching vacancy since Jeff Long, KU’s athletic director, announced David Beaty’s firing on Nov. 4.

According to a press release from LSU, both the school and Miles, who was fired in 2016, agreed to a “one-time lump sum payment of $1.5 million of the $6.5 million remaining in the original agreement, which would have been binding until 2023.”

LSU’s Joe Alleva, vice chancellor and director of athletics, stated in a release that discussions with Miles and his representatives have taken place “over the course of several weeks.”

According to Alleva, in the release, the settlement, which clears Miles to sign a new coaching contract elsewhere, allowed both sides to move forward.

One of the challenges of the buyout, Alleva stated, “was there just wasn’t a lot of incentive to move on to other things. We were looking to provide that and Coach Miles and his representatives also were ready. It was a mutually agreed upon goal and a very positive process from beginning to end.”

The final settlement was reached on Thursday, LSU announced.

Miles has a 142-55 career coaching record and won the national championship at LSU with a 12-2 season in 2007.

On Tuesday, Long flew to Colorado Springs, Colo., where the Los Angeles Rams are practicing. It was since reported by CBS Sports that Rams senior offensive assistant Jedd Fisch met with Long this week regarding KU’s vacancy. A former offensive coordinator at UCLA, Miami and Minnesota, Fisch also served as an O.C. in the NFL with Jacksonville. It’s feasible he could be considered at KU as an offensive coordinator, as well.

Comments

Chris Morrison 4 months, 1 week ago

This has to be the precursor to Miles accepting the HC position at Kansas, doesn't it? It certainly appears to clear out one obstacle to him accepting the job.

Josh Galler 4 months, 1 week ago

Does this indicate he we will be in Lawrence (Or Maryland or Louisville)

John Strayer 4 months, 1 week ago

So...seems there was a reason why Miles to KU hadn't been done yet...needed to tidy things up with LSU first...ummm.

Chris Morrison 4 months, 1 week ago

Well, in any event it does appear he is looking to move back into the coaching ranks next season.

Dennis Strick 4 months, 1 week ago

Enjoy the Presser On Friday and the great fanfare during the Nationally Televised KU-OU game on Saturday at 6pm

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

All credit to you on this one. You've been all over it. Fish is working with an explosive offense in LA, so it could make some sense that he'd come in as an O.C.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 months, 1 week ago

Why would Miles take this job. With possibly USC OHST and definitely Louiville and other coaches leaving their programs for better jobs and then their job opening up. There are going to be a ton of other openings that are more high profile and are ready to win now with cuurent talent, recruits, reputation, facilities, alumni waiting for him. Ku is years away even with Miles at the helm straightening things out. Curious.

Kevin Robert Fest 4 months, 1 week ago

He's a winner, but here? That's iffy at best.

Chris DeWeese 4 months, 1 week ago

There's something to be said for having a great relationship with your boss or future boss. The support can mean all the difference in the world.

Dale Rogers 4 months, 1 week ago

Or donors fed up with losing with no-name HC's willing to put up either a huge signing bonus or contract too good to turn down. Whatever job he takes, it likely will be his last before retirement.

Randy Bombardier 4 months, 1 week ago

I'm about to get banned for my coming response to you.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

Because USC, Ohio State and Louisville aren't going to hire a 65-year old guy. Those are elite jobs (2 out of 3, anyway). None of those programs will hire him. We have to be realistic and so does he.

Plus....assuming that he keeps Hull, he has a pretty powerful recruiting combination in Louisiana. Looking forward to Friday's press conference.

Dane Pratt 4 months, 1 week ago

A lot of schools would consider hiring Miles but not USC or Ohio State.

Jeff Polaski 4 months, 1 week ago

I'm trying to figure out why a program would want to hire a 65 year old for a rebuilding job.

David Kemp 4 months, 1 week ago

Because 2 40s year olds one 50s year old couldn’t do it

Mike Hart 4 months, 1 week ago

Very good question, Jeff! David: Totally inane response. Really well-thought out there... smh

Joe Black 4 months, 1 week ago

I found David's response to be quite humorous.

Bill Kackley 4 months, 1 week ago

Kevin, we aren't as far away as you think. With a little luck and better coacing decisions we could have made a bowl this year. The cupboard is far from bare although graduation will certainly hurt the defense.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

A little luck? You mean having 9 months to prepare for our home opener against an FCS team only needed a little luck to turn out well?

Luck is for losers.

Mike Hart 4 months, 1 week ago

You weren't watching anyway, McCabe...

Robert Brock 4 months, 1 week ago

If Miles could get the Kansas football program out of the ditch (like he did at O-State) and hand the controls to another real coach, things would be great! This post-Mangino period has been gruesome!

Josh Galler 4 months, 1 week ago

Kansas Football always been 2-5 years good football then 4-8 bad football then 2-5 good then 4-8 vicicous cycle

Randy Bombardier 4 months, 1 week ago

And I argue daily with morons who don't think we should strive for .500. They have higher goals of course. It doesn't matter how dam high you dream if you never get there. My.conclusion is Monk ball gets us there. Do that for ten years then move up. But i am happy.with.Miles.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

I'm with you Randy on a triple option coach, but Long's history shows he goes with big names - it's just how he's built. You could make an argument that Monken is a big name but probably not big enough. It's too bad, but I agree that Miles will right the ship.

Steven Haag 4 months, 1 week ago

Here’s my take. The Big XII is not an AWESOME league. Texas is still a couple years away. Oklahoma is.....well Oklahoma. A well coached and recruited Miles squad could easily take Iowa St, Tech, Baylor, etc. We could be in the top 4 of the Big XII (in a few years). With the Louisiana pipeline, he sees us competing in the Big XII. Geographically, we are ions ahead of K-State. Lawrence is a cool college town and close to KC. I think it could be a win win, but money talks people. It would most likely take 2.5-3.0 million per year AND a hefty price for the assistants. Plan on general admission tickets being $75.

Dylan Penner 4 months, 1 week ago

I think we’ll see the number closer to 5 mil/year. I don’t think he comes back for anything less than a top 25 salary.

Dane Pratt 4 months, 1 week ago

If I was the chancellor I don't think I would sign off on a 5m contract unless it was 5m after meeting incentives. If however we sign him for that amount we'd save a bundle on the buyout which is considerable for a coach in that price range.

Dale Rogers 4 months, 1 week ago

If he agrees we are not that far away and does get it turned around he can go into retirement with a very positive way to go out and with the adoration of the many KU fans, not to mention what would likely be a very lucrative contract while he is HC.

Jim Keen 4 months, 1 week ago

Okay... the suspense is killing me! Let's get to someone in the AD's circle and find out what the hell is going on. ;)

Steven Haag 4 months, 1 week ago

Dylan, you may be right. If that’s true, I may stop watching football. KU can’t afford that without passing the expense on to the fans. General admission seats will be $150. I looked at KU sports versus other BIG XII schools. We have 17 different sports that boast scholarship players and coaches....who have assistants. Most other schools have between 12 and 14. Our basketball coach gets paid more than any other BIG XII coach. Our basketball program is the only sport out of the 17 that makes money. Our basketball program doesn’t make enough to pay the football salary. I’m sure their are other factors. Maybe that could be an article by the writers on possible ways that our next football coach will get his salary paid for

David Kemp 4 months, 1 week ago

Put 30k more in the stands at even 25 a ticket and you increase gate revenue by 700k per game and at least an additional 2-300k in concession sales.

David Kemp 4 months, 1 week ago

Add to that donations increase and it more than covers the revenue debacle Beaty has left

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

Name me a bigger coaching dichotomy than KU going from David Beaty to Les Miles. Zenger hires a WR coach and Long hires a guy who won a National Championship.

And don't count out the Bill Self factor. Les Miles wants to associate with a winner. What does KU look like next year? Two huge personalities, two huge achievers. My goodness....it just sounds like fun! You could raffle off a night at the bar with those two for about $1 million.

Talk about going from the depths to the peaks. Stuff is about to get real....entertaining.

Brad Watson 4 months, 1 week ago

<Not on my list....will not turn this around.....will not fit in here...much better candidates available

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

Dale's comment sounds like it's straight out of the CW archives.

Brad Watson 4 months, 1 week ago

Nick Saban would struggle here building a program at his age..Miles is a washed up coach...we would be better off getting someone...early 50's

Joe Ross 4 months, 1 week ago

so I say, "Charlie Weis was in his 50s"

and then Brad says, "Well, yeah...but he was a terrible coach"

and then I reply: "Ah, so it's not AGE, but COMPETENCE!"

Brad: (stunned silence)

Brad Watson 4 months, 1 week ago

Still scratching my head over Charlie...he was lazy ...and turned out to be a quitter....Miles reminds me of him...an older version...I like CHIZIK..and Fickell is on my radar...both are tireless recruiters and can coach snowflakes.

David Robinett 4 months, 1 week ago

Long knows we need a grand slam, and I think Mikes as HC and LA Rams guy as OC , and keeping Tony Hull as lead recruiter is a freaking grand slam!

Mike Hart 4 months, 1 week ago

I'll capitulate... I'll sign on and support the Les Miles hiring... if it happens...as long as he has ZERO say in the offense. Bring in the Rams OC and let him do his job.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

Mike, Miles has to be aware of what's going on in the Big 12 and Fitsch certainly knows what's going on in the NFL now.

To me, the worst that comes of this is we build a low-level bowl team in the next four years, maybe sooner. For me, that works.

Jonathan Allison 4 months, 1 week ago

6 or 7 wins a season sounds pretty good after the past 9 years

Joe Black 4 months, 1 week ago

5 wins a year sounds like Rock music compared to the last 9 years

Marius Rowlanski 4 months, 1 week ago

“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”

I remember when coaches said such things and meant it.

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