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Miles given raise, extension at LSU

By Matt Jones , Logan Wilson

This article was originally published November 28, 2012 at 3:10 p.m. Updated November 28, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.

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LSU coach Les Miles speaks Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, on the sidelines during the second quarter against Arkansas at Razorback Stadium.

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— Les Miles has been given a pay raise and two-year contract extension through 2019 at LSU less than 24 hours after his name surfaced in the search for Arkansas' new football coach.

NOLA.com, the website of the New Orleans-based Times-Picayune newspaper, reported Tuesday Miles had a "serious offer" to become the Razorbacks' head coach. Miles denied Wednesday he was offered a five-year contract worth $27.5 million, which NOLA.com initially reported, but said he did speak with UA athletics director Jeff Long and discussed candidates for the position.

"The Arkansas issue was a sincere one," Miles said. "There's a colleague and friend of mine over the years that is the athletic director there, so I have a great respect for how he conducts business. Our conversations were very preliminary, but fell short of any major, major interest.

"I very much respect those Razorbacks, but I'm the LSU head coach and will be the LSU head coach as long as I can be."

Miles' agent, George Bass, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Tuesday "There's nothing like that going on," when asked about the reported offer.

Miles declined to comment on who initiated contact between he and Long. Their relationship dates to when both were on staff at the University of Michigan in the late 1980s and early '90s.

The 59-year-old Miles is in his eighth season at LSU. He has a record of 85-20 with the Tigers, winning the 2007 BCS national championship and finishing national runner-up last season. He won SEC championships both years.

"We've done some special things and it's nice that the administration recognizes that and says 'Coach, we want you to be here,'" Miles said.

Long hasn't spoken publicly about the Razorbacks' coaching search in more than a month. He told players during a team meeting Sunday to expect a new coach within 10 to 14 days.

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Tbeaux says... November 28, 2012 at 3:38 p.m.

Miles probably started the rumor so he could make more money than Saban.

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Texan1944 says... November 28, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.

LORD,Please,do NOT offer Mack Brown nor Tommy T.

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LevyRat says... November 28, 2012 at 4:13 p.m.

Surprise, surprise, surprise .......... can you say "Leverage".

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Jfish says... November 28, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.

Good to see that LSU and Louisiana have their priorities in order, much like other states and universities in the SE.

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JakeTidmore says... November 28, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Anyone want to bring back Houston Dale?

Anyway, short list:

Chad Morris, Offensive coordinator, Clemson

Personal: Age 43, born in Edgewood, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in mathematics.

The resume: After putting together a 169-38 record in the high school ranks, Morris has been nothing short of sensational as an offensive coordinator for Tulsa and Clemson. He was named National Offensive Coordinator of the Year in 2011 by Rivals(dot)com after Clemson set school records for total yards and points.

Why Arkansas should like Morris: He's turned Clemson into an offensive powerhouse using the spread attack. Plus, he's regarded as an excellent recruiter who relates well to prep players and coaches because of his vast experience at that level.

Bob Diaco, Defensive coordinator, Notre Dame

Personal: Age 37, born in Grove, N.J., and was All-Big Ten linebacker at Iowa.

The resume: A rising star who has developed one of the nation's best defensive units at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are second only to Alabama this season in scoring defense, allowing just 10.3 points per game.

Why Arkansas should like Diaco: He's a dynamic recruiter and will receive a lot of the credit if Notre Dame wins the national title. He has experience in ACC territory, having coached at Virginia (2006-08). He's not the brilliant offensive mind UA may be seeking, but we all know it's defense that wins championships.

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Ragmop says... November 28, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.

Long is not the sharpest tool in the shed but I cannot believe that he would actually do what has been reported. If in fact he did offer the contract reported he needs to be counseled by his superiors on how to hire a head football coach.

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RBBrittain says... November 28, 2012 at 5:35 p.m.

Well, whether the offer was true or not, Les used the rumor to get more money out of LSU. Good thing; his lunacy is a better fit for Baton Rouge than Fayetteville. JL can cancel the order for natural grass to replace the artificial turf at both RRS & WMS so Les can have something to much on...

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RBBrittain says... November 28, 2012 at 5:36 p.m.

Oops--MUNCH on.

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FreeSpiritMan says... November 28, 2012 at 5:38 p.m.

You see, all of you Hog fans, you don't care how dollars are spent to get you a winning football team, but you could care less about academic scholorships or the cost of getting a college education. This is the idealogy of the redneck right wing Arkansans, aka Tea Party, aka conservatives. Just look at the amount of dialog pertaining to this subject compared to what is really important to people's lives.

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NoUserName says... November 28, 2012 at 5:58 p.m.

Bill, the diatribe is old.

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