The administration at LSU did not make its final decision to retain longtime head coach Les Miles until halftime of the team’s 19–7 win over Texas A&M on Saturday, reports Stephanie Riegel of BusinessReport.com.
According to LSU president F. King Alexander, the plan to have Miles return for the 2016 season had essentially been made a few days prior to the game, but the official decision did not occur until a halftime meeting among himself, athletic director Joe Alleva and members of the LSU Board of Supervisors.
There was speculation that LSU would part ways with Miles after the team lost to Ole Miss on Nov. 21, the culmination of the school’s first three-game losing streak since 1999.
Miles is under contract until 2019, and LSU would have been on the hook for a $15 million buyout if it had terminated the contract. The school would also have to pay an additional $2 million to his staff.
Alexander said that the decision was not based solely on finances.
“It was a combination of factors and a decision that we made collectively,” he said. “We weighed all the factors in all this and it was a joint decision between many of our board members, our AD and many of us decided this was the wrong time and wrong place [to replace Miles].”
One important factor in the decision to keep Miles was a wave of support from LSU fans for Miles leading up to the regular season finale.
Miles has posted a 111–32 record since joining LSU in 2005. The Tigers won a national championship under his watch in 2007.