In the midst of one of the biggest crises of his LSU career, coach Les Miles will at least find closure on one point:
Miles’ amended contract will be presented Friday for approval to the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Also on the agenda are amended contracts for athletic director Joe Alleva and men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson and the initial contract for new softball coach Beth Torina.
Miles’ revised deal does not guarantee him more money. He will still make $3.751 million per year, though the contract does continue to provide that if Miles leads LSU to another national championship he must be paid $1,000 more than the highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference.
Last year, that coach was Alabama’s Nick Saban at $5.167 million, according to a report by USA Today.
What the new contract does do is give Miles more security.
The amended contract would be backdated to Jan. 1, 2011, and run through Dec. 31, 2017.
“This was not a bidding war in any way,” Miles said at the time. “To me, the tenure has always been more important than the annual salary.”
If Miles serves the full length of the contract he would have put in 13 seasons as LSU’s coach, tying him with Bernie Moore (1935-47) as the second-longest tenured football coach in school history.
Only Charles McClendon (1962-79) served longer.
“We are pleased to finalize and recommend this amendment to the contact for Les Miles and present it to the Board of Supervisors for their approval,” Alleva said in a written statement. “It is important to maintain long-term stability in a program and the goal at the outset of this process was to establish coach Miles as the leader of our football program for that long-term stability.”
Miles’ reworked contract would increase his bonuses for meeting certain postseason and academic goals. It would also increase the maximum amounts LSU would owe if it were to terminate Miles without cause, from the current $11.2 million to more than $18.7 million in the first year alone.
The buyout would decrease each year by the amount Miles was paid the previous year, minus any compensation Miles would receive from any subsequent job.
The grounds for termination with cause will remain unchanged from his current contract.
Miles agreed to the basic terms of the reworked contract back in January, shortly after he became a prime candidate for the head coaching job at Michigan, his alma mater.
The revised contract was originally expected to go before the LSU board in March, but months passed as the school and Miles’ agent, George Bass, hammered out the final terms.
Alleva will get a $175,000 bump in salary, taking him from $350,000 to $525,000 per year plus an additional $200,000 per year in “annual supplemental compensation.”
Alleva will also get a set of revised incentives that will, if achieved, raise his pay an additional $100,000 to $825,000.
LSU Chancellor Mike Martin, who makes $601,000 per year, pushed for the new compensation package for Alleva in July after he was pursued by Tennessee to be its athletic director.
“I think the benefit of keeping Joe exceeded the costs, monetary and nonmonetary,” Martin said at the time. “The good thing is the board seems to be entirely behind it.”
The LSU board will also consider a one-year extension for Johnson, but no pay raise. Johnson’s contract would run through June 2015.
Johnson’s first LSU team went 27-8 in 2008-09, winning the SEC regular season title and reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament.
His last two teams have gone 11-20 and 11-21, winning a combined five conference games.
Torina, who previously served as head coach at Florida International, would receive a five-year contract (through June 2016) worth $120,000 per year if approved.
Former LSU coach Yvette Girouard made $152,000 in the final year of her contract.