Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Arkansas reportedly is aiming very high in its pursuit of a new head football coach, and reportedly has made a huge offer to LSU coach Les Miles. Our friend Sports by Brooks reported the news over Twitter on Tuesday that Arkansas has made a five-year, $27.5 million deal to Miles. The New Orleans Times-Picayune confirmed that Miles has an offer from Arkansas. They also reported that Miles is meeting with the Arkansas athletic director. LSU’s sports information director says Miles was shown Brooks’ report “and he didn’t have anything to say.” Miles currently makes $3.75 million per season, not including bonuses. He has the Tigers at 10-2 this season and ranked No. 7 in the BCS standings. Miles has gone 85-20 over eight seasons as head coach of the Tigers. He has reached two BCS National Championship games and won one. Miles could very well be talking with Arkansas to gain leverage in discussions with LSU. Smart Football believes he may be trying to leverage LSU into paying his staff more money. However, Arkansas has one of the most passionate fan bases in college football, so I don’t doubt that they are willing to pay Miles that kind of money. Truthfully, this sort of money would make almost any college football coach seriously consider a move. Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

34 Comments:
  • Are you nuts? why would anyone want to keep John L. Smith. He ruined a great team and absolutly should lose the job. Besides, he was temporary and he proved it. That said, Arkansas is crazier for wanting Les Miles. He may be a good coach but he can't be trusted, just ask Oklahoma State. I've been a Razorback fab my entire life and hiring this jerk would be a slap in the face to all Razorbacks.
  • Your statement regarding our Fist Lady is both baseless and tasteless. Like it or not, they have a great relationship. Why don't you Red State geniuses get a clue. You rank last in education, health care, unemployment and contribute very little to our country's GDP. Kind of pathetic when your greatest contribution is college football, but in your case just a pathetic fan.
  • Your statement regarding our State is both baseless and tasteless. It was also uncalled for and based on nothing but your rear projectile device. Arkansas never confirmed making an offer, and the truth is Miles was consulted not offered, as some idiots have concluded. Many ADs consult with coaches for input, but Miles was never even considered a candidate. Your thoughtless and rude response indicates further responses your way would be useless. I don't have to defend our state and our contribution to our country, but you insulted many military servicemen and women, including me, with your comments. Many in our state have died for this country, and you have nothing better to do than make such unfounded statements. It appears you are just a plain pathetic idiot that has nothing to offer our country, so move if you don't like it. You waste time being are more concerned about the first lady's feelings than bigger issues. Get a life and a job.
  • They can have him!!!! Good luck Arkansas! Miles would make an excellent PEE WEE football coach.....
  • All i have to day to this comment is that fact that araknsas sucks this season. I mean the first game they played alabama and they didnt even get a touchdown. It was 51-0. But LSU is number 7 and that is because of the team and coach. I highly dought he will take that offer.
  • I totally agree with you.
    This sucks. I think it would be a big mistake but I also wasn't in favor of firing Petrino. They should have sent him home and let his wife deal with him that is punishment enough!! She can anything she wants!!
  • Tigermania, I agree. LSU (the team) beat Alabama. Les lost that game for the team. I felt bad for them, they worked hard and poor coaching lost it for them. I live near Baton Rouge if Arkansas wants Les call me I'll go help him pack.
  • I wonder would he be able to recruit at the same level that he now currently can at LSU? He gets almost all of the top athletes he wants from the state and can get others from other states as well.
  • Leaks to see who the rats are in the Jeff Long circle of trust.
  • We still have the worst offense of the top 25 teams. Les did not do well when he needed to make decisions concerning beating Alabama, and Florida. We needed a first down against Alabama to end the game, he handed the ball off. Les is playing not to lose a game. Nick Saban plays to win the game. Big difference.
    It is obvious to me that LSU has much better players and a much deeper bench than Alabama or Florida, so coaching is the reason we are not in the SEC Championship Game, and fighting to play Notre Dame for the National Championship.
  • LSU should drun him off. there are about 100 schools that would take him in a New York Minute.
  • How many times is LSU going to let him put a gun to their head? Let's see him go and try to turn around a situation as opposed to inheriting a championship level program and maintaining it like he has at Tiger Town. He will never leave for Arkansas as he knows he would not be nearly as successful.
  • How many times is LSU going to let Miles put a gun to their head for a raise? This is the third time, so let him go. Let's see if he can turn aroung a program like Arkansas as opposed to maintaining a championship level program like he inherited at Tiger Town. He won't because he knows he will not be successful without a great foundation. He will just get another raise out of this!
  • holy rise in tuition again! When will the greed and madness end?
  • Sounding Board...
  • This leaked offer, is only to put out the potential earnings that the next coach will earn, and peak the interest of any listening Big Name coach out there!!!! Miles name is just being used to garner attention!! Good PR move!!!!!
  • JacksonM is exactly right about Miles.

    Michigan, supposedly the position he was groomed for, needed to be turned around and Miles declined. He has yet to take a non-contending program and turn it around. I have doubts he could even maintain things at LSU, and arguably you can see some slipping now.
  • The man CAN"T coach - surely we (Arkansas fan) are not in such drastic shape for a coach - and there are choices out there far better than Miles -
  • The man can't coach?? Seriously ?? Are you an idiot? Miles has gone 85-20 over eight seasons as head coach of the Tigers. He has reached two BCS National Championship games and won one. How is that bad coaching??
  • Well, LSU fans put him down when he looses a game. They never give credit to the other team, it was the coaches fault or the players fault. He is one of the best modern day coaches, and I hope he stays.
  • Please take him, Arkansas deserves him, Please take him now, I will send money to help pay.
    Former Tiger Fan
    Roll Tide
  • This leaked offer is only to put out the potential earnings that the next coach will earn, and peak the interest of any listening Big Name coach out there. Miles name is just being used to garner attention!! Good PR move!!!!!
  • This MSN reporting is for the birds. You take a rumor and run with it. You totally lack creditability.
  • oh my gosh. Jeff Long has 8 months to figure out what to do and this is what he comes up with. I hope this is some type of diversion smoke screen for the real plan. If not, Jeff Long is delusional. Next thing, he will be walking up to the everyone he sees "Excuse me, would you be interested in coaching our football team?" He has failed in his task.
  • If only he could buy a brain; that would help. LSU should be undefeated, but Miles got in the way.
  • It would be a fair deal for Arkansas, but a bad one for LSU. Miles has done pretty good at LSU after leaving OSU a few years ago. I guess if the money is better at Arkansas then it comes down to how happy is Miles at LSU? Where does his family want to live? It's a tough decision for sure.
  • Good Riddance- Les Miles and his staff, especially the offensive coordinated are terrible. They lost last year to Alabama, this year to Alabama and Florida because of being out-coached and being able to be creative and make adjustments. Hia handling of the quarterback situation last year is why no decent quarterback wants to come to LSU. The present QB is fair with two left feet tied together-With LSU's record every yr they should have a top QB knocking on the door. The staff is the problem-with the talent they have, a little creativity and imagination they shouldn't be "just" winning games. You're right, Miles plays to not lose, instead of winning. I wish Miles would have been gone so Sumlin(Tx A&M)could have been hired. Miles is coasting on his laurels and LSU needs some new energetic, aggressive blood as their coach and staff. Arkansas take him, PLEASE!
  • when Miles came to LSU, his basket was full with Saban's players, and won the NC,his basket is not so full at Ark, so let him go,
  • Read a great College Football book on Amazon called HARD WIRED. There is so much going on behind the scenes...
  • Les is where he should be. The top dogs at arkansas, should resign Bobby P. Yes, he made a mistake and has payed for it. Now, the powers to be, need to grow up and just resign the best coach they have had in a long time.
  • This is moot, just heard the Mad Hatter signed a 7 year extension to stay at LSU.
  • just shows how important football and bowl money is to a college . The coach gets his (money) ... the players get theirs (free scholarship) and Reggie Bush's parents can't stay in a house for free !
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