The LSU Men's Basketball team beat Arkansas, 56-53, at home on Wednesday night to improve to 2-0 in the SEC and 10-7 overall. The Tigers led by as much as 18 points in the 2nd half before Arkansas cut the lead to four points with one minute left in the game. LSU was able to make critical free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Click here to view the box score.

The Tigers resume action on Saturday when they travel to Lexington to face No. 13 Kentucky. Tip off is at 3 pm CT.

In football news, Les Miles met the press on Wednesday to give some insight into how he came to the decision to stay at LSU. Click here to watch a replay of the video. It is worth watching.

Contrary to ESPN, Michigan's AD and others who claim to be in the know, Miles was indeed offered the job at Michigan and it was a damn strong offer. Michigan offered more money than Les was making at LSU. Miles admitted that he and his family have come to love LSU and Baton Rouge, and leaving for Michigan was not worth it. I am sure the fact that Michigan is a rebuilding job and LSU is primed to make a run at a national title next year had something to do with it.

Here is what I know about his new contract: Les now has a 7-year deal with LSU. For the first two years, the buyout clause (ie, what LSU would have to pay Les if we fired him) is $18.75 million. The buyout amount reduces to $15 million after three years, and then reduces by $3.75 million after each subsequent year. There is no more rollover clause.

Miles' base compensation package remains the same, but performance bonuses were added to the contract that could increase his overall compensation to $4.1 million per year.

In other pertinent coaching news, it appears that LSU OC Gary Crowton has been offered the same position at Maryland. The Shreveport Times is reporting that Crowton was offered a salary of $500,000 per year for three years. Both Crowton and Maryland head coach Randy Edsall were assistant coaches together at Boston College in the early 90's.

Assuming that Crowton accepts the offer, LSU coach Les Miles will need to find an OC replacement with less than three weeks left before National Signing Day. Click here for information on potential candidates to replace Crowton at LSU.

Speaking of recruiting, LSU football commitment Jeremy Hill was arrested today and charged with Oral Sexual Battery. Hill is a 4-star running back from Redemptorist High School. It is unclear how this will affect his status with LSU, but it isn't looking good. Innocent until proven guilty, I suppose...

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