LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas football has capped off its coaching search with The Hat.
The Jayhawks officially announced the hire of former LSU head coach Les Miles on Sunday. There will be a news conference at 5 p.m. to introduce the man known as the Mad Hatter. Miles will also do a "Hawk Talk" radio show at 7 p.m. from Johnny's West restaurant in West Lawrence.
"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," KU athletics director Long said in a release. "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."
"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 release. "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!"
Per the school's release, Miles and KU agreed to a five-year contract that will pay him $2,775,000 annually, with additional retention bonuses due in Nov. 2020 and Nov. 2022.
The contract also includes performance-based incentives. Miles would receive a one-year, one-time rolling extension for winning six games. If Kansas makes a bowl game, he earns $75,000.
Other incentives include $100,000 for a Big 12 Championship game berth or appearance in a New Year's Six bowl game. If the Jayhawks make the College Football Playoff, the incentive rises to $350,000. Finally, a national title appearance would net Miles $1,000,000.
Sports Illustrated first reported Miles and KU agreed to a deal early Sunday morning. Multiple outlets then spotted the new Jayhawk coach landing in a private jet at Topeka Regional Airport.
Miles became one of college football's most recognizable and successful coaches while at LSU. He won a national championship in 2007 and captured two SEC crowns.
The Tigers won 10 or more games seven times under him, taking home seven bowl wins as well. The school fired Miles four games into the 2016 season, when LSU was 2-2.
Before going to Baton Rouge, Miles gained some Big 12 coaching experience at Oklahoma State. In four years, he took the Cowboys to three bowl games in three winning seasons. The program had only one winning season since 1988 before Miles' arrival in 2001.