LSU is considered one of the favorites to win the SEC West, and thus make the College Football Playoff. The never-ending battle atop the SEC West between LSU and Alabama will be a focus point throughout this upcoming season.
So too will the somehow uncertain footing Les Miles has atop the program. After last season when he was nearly ran out of town, Miles is heading into this year with a strong team and little more stability.
A national championship could become quite costly to LSU and quite lucrative for Les Miles.
Miles reportedly has a clause in his contract that would guarantee him $100,000 more than the highest paid coach in the conference in base salary should he win the national championship, according to Jim Engster of Tiger Rag Magazine.
That would get him a base salary of $7 million, $100,000 more than Nick Saban’s $6.9 million.
That would be quite a raise, nearly $3 million in fact.
Miles is set to make $4.3 million in base salary this season and for the remaining three years of his contract. If he wins a national title, this clause kicks in and his salary would increase accordingly.
Miles has not won a national championship since 2007. The team made the National Championship Game, losing to Alabama, in 2012. The Tigers have not played a January bowl game since the 2014 Outback Bowl.
This year’s team though certainly could help Miles pad his wallet just a little bit.