In this week's offering of Where Do We Stand, one LSU coach gets paid while a former Tiger mentor pulls a fast one.

New coach Les Miles got the stamp of approval on his new $1.25 million contract while former coach Nick Saban came in like a stranger in the night and grabbed the man Miles had tabbed as the Tigers next defensive coordinator.


The Tiger basketball team took some hard knocks on the road but not before winning a controversial game against the razorbacks. Plus, where is hot shot Ryan Perrilloux going? You can find it all in this week's rant.



To the LSU Board of Supervisors. LSU coach Les Miles' seven-year contract worth $1.25 million annually was approved unanimously Friday by the university's Board of Supervisors. Miles' base salary will be $300,000 a year, with an additional $600,000 for radio, television and Internet work. He will receive $300,000 a year from the Tiger Athletic Foundation and $50,000 from shoe and equipment contracts, the school said. The deal includes an additional $200,000 per year in deferred compensation. Saban had the nation's richest contract for a college football coach: a seven-year, $18.45 million deal he signed after winning a share of the national title for LSU in 2003. Saban's original LSU contract in 1999 paid him $1.2 million annually.




Another tip of the cap to the Board of Supervisors and their approval of plans for a new baseball stadium at LSU. After Skip Bertman announced the university's plans to move revered Alex Box Stadium 2,000 feet south of its current location, the board of supervisors approved the plans for the new 8,000 seat stadium to be located at the corner of Gourrier and Nicholson Dr. For fans that are bitter over the relocation of college baseball's most fearsome venue, do not fret for the accommodations will be more than enough for you all to welcome the new Alex Box with open arms.




To Saturday's showing by the Tiger basketball team at Kentucky. The Wildcats drilled a season-high 11 three-pointers against the Tigers, five of which came from Kentucky guard Patrick Sparks. Most of the outside shots came in transition and were mainly uncontested looks at the goal. LSU had closed the gap to eight points with 13-plus minutes to go in the game, but eventually lost 89-58, the third-worst loss of the John Brady era at LSU.




To the Villanova Wildcats. Registering the biggest upset of this college basketball season so far, Nova eliminated the Kansas Jayhawks from the ranks of the unbeaten trouncing the No. 2 KU 83-62 Saturday. Other upsets Saturday included Virginia Tech's 70-69 win over No. 12 Georgia Tech, 18th-ranked Oklahoma's 64-60 win over No. 13 Texas and UNC-Charlotte's 76-66 upset of No. 25 Marquette.




To former LSU coach Nick Saban. If it was bad enough Saban left the Tigers in the bind in which he did on Christmas Day, but now LSU fans are grumbling because of the hiring of the Miami Dolphins new defensive coordinator. George Edwards, formerly an assistant with the Cleveland Brown had been sized up and fitted for a headset as Les Miles' defensive coordinator at LSU. Oh no, not so fast my friend. Saban swept in and hired Edwards away leaving Miles and LSU holding the bag. Miles has since interviewed Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, but Snyder said no thank you. Other possible candidates include New Orleans Saints cornerbacks coach Greg Brown and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Dave Campo.




To the SEC office and their ruling on last week's controversial three-pointer in the LSU-Arkansas game. Arkansas's Michael   Jones hit what Razorbacks coaches, players and fans thought was the game-winning three-pointer with 1.8 second remaining to upend LSU 59-58. But after further review, referee Tom Eades ruled the shot a two stating after reviewing the shot, Jones' toe was on the line. "One official signaled a 2-point shot as the shot was taken and another signaled a 3-point shot after the shot was made," the statement from the SEC said. "The official who signaled a 3-point goal never communicated his call to the other official. "As a result, in the judgment of the official who had signaled a 2-point goal, the ruling on the floor at that time was that the shot was a 2-point goal. Arkansas coach Stan Heath accused officials of changing the score after noticing that Jones traveled before shooting. He said that, because the referees couldn't penalize the traveling, they chose changing the point value as a remedy. The SEC had no comment on Heath's remarks either Thursday or Friday. The conference has a league rule against criticizing game officials.




To Rudy Niswanger and his decision to return to LSU for his senior season, putting off medical school for one year. Niswanger, a native of Monroe, La., started all 12 games for the Tigers in 2004, seeing action at four different positions on the offensive line. Niswanger started six games at right guard, four at center, and one each at left guard and right tackle for the Tigers in 2004. A First-Team ESPN Academic All-America in 2004, Niswanger will graduate in May with a degree in kinesiology. He carries a 4.0 grade point average into the spring semester at LSU. Niswanger has already been accepted into medical school. "Coming back for a fifth year gives me a chance to be a senior leader on this team and that means a lot to me," Niswanger said. "I'm excited about the players coming back next year and the opportunity to play for Coach Miles."




To the Ryan Perrilloux saga. The nation's top prep quarterback continues to toy with members of the media as well as the coaching staff's of school courting the East St. John standout. Perrilloux, who has been committed to Texas for months, says LSU and Mississippi State are still in the mix and that his decision on signing day "will make jaws drop." What a drama queen! If this guy is committed to Texas, then why will his decision be such a shocker? Rumors say he will be an LSU Tiger, but Perrilloux says the coaching staff of the school to which he goes already knows he is coming. While many believe that is LSU, Perrilloux has mixed no words when he says he intends to start/play as a true freshman. If Perrilloux wants to be the star of the show, where else could he be the biggest difference? See where this is heading? Perrilloux would shock everyone if he chooses to be the Top Dawg (pardon the pun) and heads to Starkville and Mississippi State. With the drama that has already surrounded this ongoing saga, nothing short of this shocker would surprise us as far as Perrilloux is concerned.


Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. You can reach him be e-mail at matt@tigerrag.com.

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