Statement from LSU regarding Tiger head football coach Les Miles:
Miles will receive a raise and a contract extension Wednesday afternoon.
"Les Miles is one of the premier coaches in the country and has LSU in contention for championships year in and year out," Alleva said. "Only two coaches in the 119-year history of LSU football have coached as many years at this school and only one has won more games. Les Miles has made a commitment to LSU and LSU is solidifying its commitment to Les Miles."
"The coaching business is a competitive one and it is important to compensate our coach for his accomplishments and his worth," Alleva said. "Les has not received a pay increase since his salary was automatically elevated following our national championship in 2007 and he has continued to keep LSU on the national stage.
"Our intent was to address his contract following this year's bowl game, but speculation about other job opportunities accelerated our process a little," Alleva said. "I think we have accomplished the important step of securing Les Miles as our head coach for the long-term good of the program."
Miles is the 2011 national coach of the year, but he has been making $3.75 million per year since 2008 with no raises. He's won .810 percent of his games while at LSU, and there was no way the Tigers' athletic department was going to let him get away, much less to another job within their own division.