bc Alleva and Miles both knew LSU is a better program in a better position to win. Arky had to make a huge offer to compensate for the dip in prestige. the flip side Alleve knew he didnt have to match Arky's offer bc his program is significantly better. Alleve didnt need to match arky's offer and he knew it. he did however have to reasonably close the gap.
Which in all likelihood he was planning to do anyway. Discussions were already underway. It wouldn't be a surprise if the raise had already been worked out in principal before hand. It wasn't that large a raise under the circumstances, even without any influence from Arkansas, and he was going to get a raise regardless. No reason to believe that he wouldn't be in line for a raise, and since he hadn't had one in 5 years, the size of the raise is not out of line. The Arkansas issue has been blown way out of proportion and is being used as an excuse to bash Miles. In truth, the Arkansas business was not likely to have been a big issue in the negotiations.