LSU's Les Miles tries to clarify why his name was linked to Arkansas job
By Mark Heim | firstname.lastname@example.org
on December 05, 2012 at 11:04 PM, updated December 05, 2012 at 11:27 PM
LSU coach Les Miles just recently received a seven-year extension from LSU, but he said the reports linking him to the Arkansas job were not simply to get a raise. (AP Photo/David Quinn)
Les Miles told SiriusXM College Sports Nation this week his name was not floated for the now-filled Arkansas job so he could get a raise or an extension from LSU.
"That was not the case with Arkansas," said Miles, who got a seven-year extension from LSU. "I have great respect for the institution and certainly what they've accomplished in our conference. Jeff Long, the AD there is longtime friend of mine and associate. I recognized the professionalism that he offers. So there was a sincerity about our conversations - not offer - but a sincerity about our conversations that I certainly had to respect.
"That's not a point of leverage, in my mind. I have never been or needed to be the highest-paid guy in this country. I can tell you that we would compare success here with any. I can tell you that we're more affixed in the longevity of the contract than we are with how much we're making. The opportunity to be here seven years and continue success and hopefully continue to exceed expectations is what we've set as the mark."
He also reiterated his commitment to LSU during the interview.
"I would be foolish to leave," he said.
To listen to the entire interview, click here.