College football notes: LSU gives Miles extension, raise

November 29, 2012 

Les Miles has a new seven-year contract at LSU that also will result in a pay raise for one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Tigers' football program.

"I'm a LSU head coach and will be a LSU head coach for as long as I can be," Miles said Wednesday. "Hopefully, we'll look up seven years from now and I'll be looking for another seven-year extension."

The new contract runs through 2019, which amounts to a two-year extension. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said financial details were still being worked out and will be released after LSU plays in a still-undecided bowl game to close out this season.

Miles' previous contract paid about $3.75 million annually through 2017. He has not received a raise since 2008, after LSU's last national title, though he has since received an extension and raises for assistants.

"It is not all about winning championships," Alleva said. "It's about being in the hunt to win championships."

At LSU, Miles has two Southeastern Conference titles, the one national title and two BCS title game appearances. The victory over Arkansas last Friday clinched Miles' fifth 10-win season at LSU.

Around the nation

Tennessee: Jon Gruden says he hasn't received an offer to coach the Tennessee Volunteers in a deal that would include becoming part owner of the Cleveland Browns.

Memphis television station WREG reported Gruden was weighing a Tennessee offer that would give him a piece of the Browns, who are owned by Jimmy Haslam — brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Their father, Jim Haslam, played on Tennessee's 1951 national championship team and has donated millions of dollars to the university.

Gruden, a former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst, said Wednesday on ESPN's Mike & Mike In The Morning show that there is "no truth" to the report.

Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the report was inaccurate.

"Jimmy Haslam has no involvement in the University of Tennessee head coaching search, and the report that Jon Gruden would potentially have an ownership stake in the Browns is completely erroneous," Gulkis said.

Tennessee is seeking to replace Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three seasons.

Diversity: A study of the racial and gender makeup of leadership and coaching positions among the Football Bowl Subdivision membership showed it remains largely white and male.

The report released Wednesday by the Institute for the Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida said that 100 percent of FBS conference commissioners, 76 percent of school president positions and 84 percent of all athletic director positions were held by white men at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year.

Middle Tennessee: The school has accepted an offer to join Conference USA and is leaving the Sun Belt, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The Blue Raiders (8-3) play Arkansas State on Saturday for the Sun Belt Conference title.

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