The path is now clear for Les Miles to once again become a college football head coach.
Whether that will occur at Kansas, however, remains to be seen.
Long seen as the frontrunner in KU’s hunt for a fixer for its beleaguered football program, Miles and former employer LSU announced Thursday a settlement of money owed to Miles stemming from his Sept. 25, 2016, firing. LSU will pay Miles, 65, a lump-sum payment of $1.5 million, down from the $6.5 million that had previously been owed through 2023 in the terms of Miles’ severed contract.
The settlement was fully executed Thursday, according to an LSU news release announcing the agreement.
“It’s time for both parties to move forward,” said LSU vice chancellor and athletic director Joe Alleva. “One of the challenges of the buyout that was in place was there just wasn’t a lot of incentive to move on to other things. We were looking to provide that and Coach Miles and his representatives also were ready. It was a mutually agreed-upon goal and a very positive process from beginning to end.”
Miles, who went 114-34 and won the 2007 national championship in his 12-year stint in Baton Rouge, La., has a longstanding relationship with first-year KU athletic director Jeff Long — the two worked together at Michigan in the 1980s, and in 2012, Long reportedly offered Miles the then-vacant opening at Arkansas, an offer Miles said in an interview earlier this year that he considered.
Long and KU fired current coach David Beaty on Nov. 4 in a move effective at the end of the season. Beaty has gone 6-40 in his three-plus seasons at KU.