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Les Miles coaching college football again

November 18, 2018 - 1:05 pm
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 LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Les Miles is headed back to the Big 12 and another massive rebuilding job, this time taking on the downtrodden program at Kansas in a splashy hire aimed energizing a weary fan base.

Kansas announced the hiring Sunday shortly after Miles arrived at the airport in nearby Topeka. Miles signed a five-year contract that will pay him $2,775,000 annually with retention bonuses of $775,000 due in November 2020 and $500,000 in November 2022.

Miles was considered the front-runner for the Jayhawks' job from the moment David Beaty was told he would not be retained two weeks ago.

The 65-year-old Miles has a close relationship with Kansas athletic director Jeff Long dating to their days together at Michigan, and Miles had told those around him this season that he wanted back in coaching.

Miles spent 11 years at LSU, winning a national championship in 2007, before being fired four games into the 2016 season. His teams reached double-digit victories in seven seasons with the Tigers and reached another BCS title game in 2011. He also did a stint as head coach in the Big 12, rebuilding Oklahoma State and going 28-21 from 2001-04 in Stillwater.

 

 

 

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