The worst kept secret of the 2018 coaching carousel is finally out. The University of Kansas has officially named Les Miles as their next head coach.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the KU football program and I am grateful to Chancellor Girod and Jeff Long for the opportunity,” Miles said in a statement released by the school. “We will bring Jayhawk Football back and we will do it with outstanding coaches, tremendous student-athletes of character and ability and an unrelenting drive for excellence. My family and I cannot wait to be a part of the KU family!”
Miles last coached at LSU from 2005 to 2016, where he led the Tigers to National Championship in 2007 and a title game appearance in 2009. In all, he racked up 114 wins at LSU to just 34 losses, and had seven 10+ win seasons.
This will be Miles’ second stint in the Big 12. Before he was coaching the Tigers, Miles was in Stillwater giving the Sooners fits in Bedlam. Miles coached Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2004, where he won two of his four Bedlam appearances, and led the Pokes to three bowl appearances.
The Jayhawks have signed Miles to a five-year contract that will pay him $2,775,000 per year. It’s a pay bump over what the Jayhawks were paying David Beaty, but at less than $3 million per year, Miles will be the lowest paid coach in the conference.
“Since the beginning of our search, we focused on identifying and recruiting an experienced head coach with a strong track record of success on and off the field,” Athletic director Jeff Long said in the statement. “Les Miles is exactly what we need for our program right now. His national reputation as a great recruiter and as a coach who student-athletes love playing for will enable us to break the cycle and return a winning tradition to the Kansas Jayhawks. We are thrilled to have Les and his family as Jayhawks.”