Kansas Jayhawks

If Fired, Kansas Could Owe Les Miles, Jeff Long Over $11 Million

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On Friday, head football coach Les Miles was put on administrative leave, after revelations of Miles’ past behavior at LSU toward female student assistants.

It’s not clear what exactly Miles’ future is as the head football coach at KU, but clearly he’s on shaky ground. The other question is: What might happen to the guy who hired him and his longtime friend, athletic director Jeff Long?

It’s not clear if the administration would make these two a packaged deal where either both save their jobs or both are forced out, but if they choose the later, it could be quite expensive for the athletic department and university.

According to a new report from 247Sports, firing Les Miles and Jeff Long, if the firing are deemed without cause could cost the University around $11.5 million.


On Les Miles’ contract, 247Sports got a copy and found, “Miles is owed “the sum of his remaining base salary and personal service payments” if his “employment is terminated without cause.”

Miles is making about $2.775 million per year and his contract runs through 2023. So based on these numbers, he would be owed salary for another two years and 10 months, would would come out to just shy of $8 million.

As for Jeff Long, he has 2.5 years left on a contract that pays him $1.5 million per year, which means he would be paid about $3.6 million in a buyout.

However if both are fired for cause, that’s a different story. Long’s contract says “just cause” can come from five different options, including “gross negligence or willful misconduct by the executive in connection with his duties and responsibilities.”


Miles’ situation is more complex, but the option that might best fit KU in firing for “just cause” is, “commission of or participation in by Head Coach of any act, situation, or occurrence, or any conduct, which in Athletics of KU’s judgement brings Head Coach and/or KU into public disrepute, embarrassment, contempt, or ridicule or any public or private comments that … cause damage to KU’s reputation.”

Les Miles is 3-18 in his first two seasons as head coach at KU and now the waiting game begins to see what the administration decides is its next move when it comes to his future, along with Jeff Long’s.

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