Published: January 12, 2011, 10:35 AM (CT)
by Michael Bonnette, Associate Athletic Director/SID
BATON ROUGE - LSU and head football coach Les Miles have agreed in principle to a new seven-year contract at the same annual compensation as Miles' current agreement, pending approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors, it was announced by LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva on Wednesday.

The new agreement would include enhanced opportunities for additional compensation for championships and post-season accomplishments and would include no rollover provisions.  Miles' annual compensation will remain at $3.751 million per year.

"We are pleased to reach an agreement that will keep Les Miles as the leader of our football program for many years to come," said Alleva.  "Les is one of the winningest coaches in the country over the last six years and his players perform well both in the classroom and in the community.  It is important to maintain stability in a program and this contract will help LSU remain a premier football program.  We are glad Les, Kathy and their family will remain a part of the Baton Rouge community."

Miles has coached six seasons at LSU and has compiled a record of 62-17 as head coach of the Tigers, including a 5-1 record in bowl games, topped by a national championship in 2007.  

"This is home to us," Miles said. "My family really loves being in Louisiana and I love representing this great institution. Staying at LSU is the right thing to do. I wanted to stand by the commitment that I made to the team and to LSU and that really overshadowed any other consideration.

"The business that we're doing is affecting people's lives, playing for championships, encouraging a degree, setting people on a path that will benefit them. I think that happened for me at Michigan and hopefully it's happening for others at LSU and I like being part of that here. This is a wonderful place and I'm thrilled to be the LSU coach."

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January 12, 2011

LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva

Opening Statement...
"Thank you for coming today and thank you for your patience during this process. Obviously, we are here today to announce the fact that Coach Les Miles is going to continue to be our coach. I can't tell you how please I am about that. I want to thank Coach Miles for the way that he handled the process. I think that he handled it with class and dignity in a tough situation with his alma mater. He handled in a first class manner, just like he handles everything. It's much easier to build a program than it is to sustain a program. We're in a sustain mode right now. If you look at the great coaches in history, the great coaches in history are the ones who built their programs and sustained them. He has been here for six year. He's built and sustained this program, and that is what we are going to do for the next seven years and hopefully beyond that. It gives me great pleasure to introduce our Coach Les Miles."

Head Coach Les Miles

Opening Statement...
"Any time that you make a decision like I made, a lot of factors play into it. First of all, you want to make sure that the people that you work with respect the job that has been done. I really feel like Chancellor Michael Martin and Joe Alleva expressed that very comfortably. Then, you realize you work for these people. You work for the coaches that you brought here and their families. You work for the people in your building that are administrators. You work for those six year of recruiting classes, those young men that you asked to do very difficult things over time for their school. You work for the 92,500 that come into a stadium. I look at those people when making a decision of where we needed to be. My family is extremely happy in the state of Louisiana. I can't tell you how much we enjoy the people here in this state. The opportunity to represent a great community, state and a magnificent school, there is just too much here to leave. Certainly, it was important that I visited with my alma mater. I certainly wish Michigan the best. I will forever be and want to be, a supporter of that institution that invested so greatly in myself. But, I am an LSU Tiger and I look forward to being an LSU Tiger for quite some time."