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LSU Title Win Means At Least A $5.8 Million Salary Raise For Coach Les Miles
CNBC.com | January 05, 2012 | 02:37 PM EST

There's a lot at stake in Monday night's BCS National Championship game.

Especially for Les Miles.

The LSU coach will get a $5,880,000 bump in salary should his Tigers prevail over Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide.

It's a tremendous bonus that is more lucrative because of Saban himself and it's the second time Miles would benefit from Saban's high salary. When LSU won the BCS National Championship after the 2007 season, its head coach Les Miles received one of the biggest bonuses in coaching history: $11,586,000.

Why did he make so much?

Because he had a clause in his contract that stipulated that if his team won a National Championship, the school would have to pay him $1,000 more than the highest paid SEC coach.

The highest paid SEC coach at the time? Nick Saban at $3.75 million. The way the clause is written, the school had to guarantee Miles $3,751,000 as a base salary for the remaining six years of his contract. That will be the case once again if the Tigers win.

This time it's Saban, who is scheduled to make a base salary of $4.73 million in 2012. Miles, who is still at $3,751,000, would then have to make $4,731,000. That's a boost of $980,000 a year for the remaining six years of his contract

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