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LSU head coach Les Miles stays, offensive coordinator Gary Crowton leaves

Allison B. Hudson

Contract extended

LSU officials announced this week that head football coach Les Miles has agreed in principle to a new seven-year contract.

The deal must be approved at the next LSU Board of Supervisors meeting in March.

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said it is a fixed-term contract without any year-to-year rollover clause as in Miles’ current agreement.

Staying power

If Miles serves the length of the new contract, he would tie Bernie Moore (1935-47) for the second-longest tenure in LSU history.

Charles McClendon (1962-79) had the longest stint at the helm.

Miles has recorded a 62-17 record in six seasons at LSU, the winningest six-year span by any coach in school history.

Michigan opening

Miles, a former Michigan guard, became a candidate for the head coach job at his alma mater on Jan. 5, when the school fired Rich Rodriguez after he went 15-22 in three seasons.

Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon, a former teammate of Miles, flew from Ann Arbor to Baton Rouge to discuss the job.

Staying home

“This is home to us,” Miles said during a press conference this week. “My family really loves being in Louisiana and I love representing this great institution. Staying at LSU is the right thing to do. I wanted to stand by the commitment that I made to the team and to LSU and that really overshadowed any other consideration.”

Crowton leaving

LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton resigned and will take a similar position at Maryland, Miles confirmed on Thursday morning.

Crowton served as LSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for four years.

“Gary helped us win a lot of games over the last four years, including a national championship,”?Miles said.