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November 28, 2012
Reports that Les Miles was offered a five-year, $27 million deal by Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jeff Long are not true, according to the LSU head coach during his Wednesday press conference.
"Our conversations were preliminary and fell short of any major, major interest," Miles said. "I kind of recommended other candidates and spoke to him.
"The idea of [a reported] five years and 27 million dollars [from Arkansas] is not true. I can tell you that I very much respect those Razorbacks and how they played in that last game, but I'm an LSU head coach and will be an LSU head coach for as long as I can be."
Long and Miles have a relationship that dates back to their days together at Michigan.
"The Arkansas issue was a sincere one," Miles said. "There's a colleague of mine over the years, a friend of mine over the years that is the athletic director there. I have great respect for him how he conducts business.
There were also rumors of Miles speaking with Dallas Cowboys owner and Arkansas booster Jerry Jones.
"I did not speak to Jerry Jones."
Miles signed a new seven-year deal with the Tigers prior to the presser. Miles' agent is George Bass out of Dallas, who also represents TCU head coach Gary Patterson, also believed to be a candidate for the Arkansas vacancy.