Kansas hires former LSU coach Les Miles

Les Miles and Bryan Madden pregame. Photo by Jonathan Mailhes

The chapter of Les Miles’ saga that included LSU has officially come to a close.

Sunday, Kansas officially named the former LSU coach who led the Tigers to a win in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game as its head coach, the university announced.

At the helm of the Jayhawks, Miles will receive a five-year contract that will pay him $2,775,000 annually, with additional retention bonuses due in Nov. 2020 and Nov. 2022.

Miles spent more than 11 seasons as LSU’s head football coach, earning a 114-34 record with the Tigers and leading them to a national championship and two Southeastern Conference Championships during that time.

This will not be his first foray in the Big 12 conference, as he spent four seasons as head coach at Oklahoma State prior to his arrival in Baton Rouge.

Miles’ name along with his antics became synonymous with LSU during his tenure as its head coach, both due to his quirky personality and his bold decisions on the football field.

His time as head coach of the Tigers came to an end after the Tigers began the 2016 2-2, the last game being a loss to Auburn on the road that came down to the wire.

Since his firing, Miles has continued to live in Baton Rouge and tried out all sorts of other avenues, from analyst to spokesperson to podcast host.

But while sporting a familiar-looking white hat in his opening press conference in Lawrence, Kan., Miles said it was always his desire to get back coaching.

“The further I got away from it, the more I desired it and I was prepared for a lifetime to be a coach,” Miles said. “10,000 hours supposedly makes you an expert and I’m closing in on that 10,000th hour. I always wanted to coach.”

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Tyler Nunez is a former Assistant Editor of Tiger Rag. He covered LSU football and basketball and was a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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