Les Miles To…Arkansas?
That’s what Sports By Brooks thinks…
Exclusive: SbB has learned Arkansas is engaged w/ reps of the interests of Les Miles & a $5-yr $27.5M offer is on the table
— SPORTSbyBROOKS (@SPORTSbyBROOKS) November 27, 2012
The odds of this happening are quite long. But we got a kick out of it and thought we’d pass it along.
With all of the people Miles has coming back last year who missed all or most or some of this season with injuries, and with all of the young players who saw action on this year’s team and will be coming back next year, he has a very, very legitimate shot at putting a national champion on the field next season.
And he’s going to take over that dumpster fire at Arkansas next year?
To the extent there is anything whatsoever to this, it’s Miles taking a poke at an extension/raise from LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, with whom he’s never been all that enamored. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a former Arkansas letterman, is a friend of Miles’ from his days as an assistant there and is likely helping to bolster this effort to pressure Alleva.
Miles isn’t leaving for Arkansas. If Alleva has any negotiating skills he won’t fall for this. Perhaps Miles ought to get a little bit of a raise – the athletic department can afford to give him one – but to panic and throw money at him because some school he has no affiliation with and whose program is clearly a step down from LSU has made him an offer is a mistake.
He doesn’t need an extension. He has a rollover contract.
If Arkansas is playing along with this – assuming Sports By Brooks’ sources aren’t the people on Steven Crowder’s latest video – then either they’re (1) desperate to make a hire, (2) about to hire someone with a very thin resume the fans there won’t be excited about and need to show they’ve made an effort to hire a big-shot coach, or (3) have no idea who they’ll hire but are happy to drive up the labor costs for LSU’s athletic department.
UPDATE: Channel 2 in Baton Rouge got the obligatory denial from Miles’ agent George Bass…
However, Miles’ agent George Bass denied the report, saying “there’s nothing like that going on.”