LSU’s championship drought hasn’t affected Les Miles’ wallet.
The coach made more than $230,000 in athletically related outside income in 2015, according to public records obtained by The Advocate. That’s the most Miles has made in outside income since, at least, 2012, the year after the Tigers’ run to the BCS national championship game.
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Coaches must complete a form annually detailing their income beyond the university pay. Miles and baseball coach Paul Mainieri normally lead all LSU coaches in outside income.
Miles pulled in more than $190,000 on television appearances and commercials last year, including a whopping $168,000 from Raising Cane’s, the popular Baton Rouge-based chicken finger restaurant. He got a combined $23,856 from TV spots for insurance company Northwestern Mutual and Talent Partners Inc., a talent and production support service based in Chicago.
Caterpillar Inc., a California-based construction manufacturer, paid Miles $36,000 in speaking engagement fees, and Nike forked over more than $3,000 for shoe endorsements. Miles received another $3,000 for radio appearances with SiriusXM, and he also got $3,181 for what was marked “University Club Dues.”
His exact total of outside income – $237,388 – far exceeds what he made in 2014 ($88,721) and 2013 ($69,582). Miles made $159,363 in 2012, with $62,500 of that coming from EA Sports, producer of the now-defunct NCAA college football video game.
Miles makes a salary of $4.3 million and received a $100,000 bonus last year for leading the Tigers to a bowl game, pushing his total income to more than $4.6 million.
Mainieri made more than $165,000 in outside income last year, with $147,000 of that coming from the coach’s summer camps. He received $14,500 in television appearances with Coca Cola, LAS Windows and Shutters, and RoadRunner Towing. He got $1,300 from Nike and $2,500 for speaking engagements.
Mainieri makes an annual salary of $750,000, though that figure is expected to rise after Texas courted the coach last month for its open head coaching job. Mainieri received bonuses this past season totaling at least $150,000. He got a $50,000 academic bonus for the Tigers’ Academic Progress Rate score staying above 930, $50,000 for hosting an NCAA regional and another $50,000 for hosting an NCAA super regional.
Combined with his outside income, Mainieri made about $1.1 million this past year.
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