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Kansas has hired former LSU and Oklahoma State coach Les Miles following days of reports that a deal between the parties was imminent. The 65-year-old Miles has a close relationship with Kansas athletic director Jeff Long dating to their days together at MI, and Miles had told those around him this season that he wanted back in coaching. Miles will receive a five-year contract that will pay him $2,775,000 annually, with additional retention bonuses due in November 2020 and November 2022.

An press conference will be held later today formally introducing the new coach. You can stream it live here. Miles would receive a one-year, one-time rolling extension for winning six games. But he's now leading a Kansas program that, since its Orange Bowl breakthrough in 2007, has the worst record of any FBS program (31-101). I spoke to several former Jayhawks coaches, as well as other coaches familiar with Miles and the Kansas program, to break down the hire and what challenges await the Mad Hatter in Lawrence. 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. The Jayhawks last reached a bowl game in 2008, losing eight-plus games in each of the past nine seasons.

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Miles enters a program that has tallied 10-straight losing seasons.

Before going to Baton Rouge, Miles gained some Big 12 coaching experience at Oklahoma State.

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