USA TODAY: Les Miles No. 7 highest paid coach

LSU coach Les Miles makes more than $4.3 million in annual pay, making him the No. 7 highest paid coach in college football, according to a report by USA Today

LSU coach Les Miles is the seventh highest paid college football head coach, according to the annual NCAA football coaches salary database published by USA Today.

Miles makes $4.3 million in salary from the school and added an additional $69,582 in "other pay" according to the report. That ranks him No. 7 among active coaches and third in the SEC behind Alabama coach Nick Saban ($7.16 million) and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin ($5 million).

Miles last received a raise as part of an amended contract approved in early 2013. He had previously been making $3.751 million before the new deal bumped him up to $4.3 million. He also had his contract extended from 2017 to 2019 as part of this deal.

In addition to his base salary, Miles also receives compensation from things like the Tiger Athletic Foundation, media appearances and public speaking engagements.

That contract also includes $150,000 placed annually into an account for Miles but controlled by LSU. He can collect $750,000 from the account if he stays through the first five seasons of the deal, and $300,000 more if he serves the final two years.

The buyout terms in his contract are $15 million if he's terminated before the first three years of the deal (Dec. 31, 2015), $12.9 million in years four or five, $8.6 million in year six and $4.3 million in year seven.

At the time of this contract, Miles was one of only five coaches with a guaranteed salary from his respective school of at least $4 million. Now there are 11 according to the most recent USA Today database, four of those coming from the SEC. Every coach in the conference with records made available to USA Today make at least $2.7 million in annual salary (Vanderbilt, a private university, did not disclose financial information).


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