Everyone always asks, "Well who would you hire that would do better?"
I think that might be the wrong question.
You guys are paying Les Miles about $4.5 million a year to be a "good" coach. Not a great one. Not an elite one.
I think the question is, "Can we get the same results for less?"
I think you could. I think you could get them for around the $2.5 million mark.
I think LSU is overpaying by a large margin right now, but I think that kind of salary acceleration is inevitable when a coach stays put for the better part of a decade.
Of course, Mark Richt has a similar record to Les Miles and he was only making $2.8 million until he got a raise last year.