If I sign a contract and have five years left on it, guess what, I'm stuck with that contract... UNLESS I have leverage to renegotiate the terms due to NEW developments. If we are to believe the AD and Les, nothing happened. Well I'm calling bull shite on that.
Do you really think anyone expects to go 5 years or more without a raise, especially after an undefeated regular season, an SEC championship and getting to the BCS CG? When these types of long-term contracts are negotiated, no one expects the contract will remain unchanged over the course of time. Contracts like this are frequently renegotiated. It is normal and expected. To act like it is offensive or wrong shows you simply don't know much about these kinds of deals.
The simple truth of the matter is that Les was getting a raise this year and an extension, and it had nothing to do with Arkansas. The timing of the announcement was affected, nothing else. There was nothing extraordinary about the size of the raise or an additional two years on the extension.
The same folks complaining now would have complained if the exact same the raise and extension were to have been announced in January, even if there had been no Arkansas interest. It is time for the anti-Miles faction to stop living in some fantasy land and accept the fact that LSU is in the most succesful period in it history and enjoy it.
I don't have a problem with criticism of Miles when he makes a mistake, and he has had made some, but then I have to step back and look at the big picture, and it actually looks pretty good.
The fact is Les has the best record of any coach who coached for more than 2 years at LSU. He is the third longest serving coach in LSU history. He isn't perfect, but, he is still in the top 5 or so of coaches in SEC history. Sorry for you folks for whom that isn't good enough. I doubt there is a coach alive who could meet your expectations. Bear is dead and Saban isn't coming back.
This post was edited on 12/8 at 9:05 am