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Les Miles focused on LSU, talked with Michigan

Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:42 pm

Posted by Bryan Fischer

DALLAS, Tex. - Les Miles joked about the hubbub involving Michigan’s open head coaching position while speaking at the American Football Coaches Association Conference. His cell phone even accidently dialed Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon’s phone.

At the end of the day though, he wasn’t a Michigan man but an LSU one.

“The need to stand by my commitment to the team that I coach and the school that I represent really overshadowed any other consideration,” Miles said. “I had a very nice talk with the Michigan A.D. He obviously is going to provide leadership for them. His concerns and his direction are straightforward. He represented Michigan as I would have as an alumnus and ex-Michigan player. I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out and I root very strongly for my alma mater.”

Miles declined to discuss whether he was ever offered the job but did acknowledge that he met with athletic director Dave Brandon to discuss the position.

“I’m not really going to get into the specifics of that in deference to (Michigan),” he said. “We took a good portion of the evening.”

Miles was an offensive lineman at Michigan in the mid-seventies and considered taking the head coaching position in 2007 after Lloyd Carr stepped down. Miles did admit he has imagined himself as the head coach in Ann Arbor in the past but is at peace with his decision to remain at LSU.

“Absolutely,” Miles said. “The want to have our school, as an alumnus, to be successful is my greatest concern. I can’t imagine that it won’t be addressed and done right.”

Michigan announced the hiring of San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke while Miles was delivering a speech but he was later informed that Hoke had been hired.

“I know his background is as a Michigan assistant and I tried to hire him at Oklahoma State,” Miles said. “He’ll be a great representative of the University of Michigan. I don’t (know him) very, very well but I was at Oklahoma State and interviewed him for an opportunity there and think very highly of him.”

LSU announced Miles would return for his seventh season at the school on Tuesday morning.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:29 am

Les Miles focused on LSU, talked with Michigan

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Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 6:05 am

Les Miles focused on LSU, talked with Michigan

Miles is happy where he's at , Hoke will be ok and will have a winning record next season.....

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:51 am

Les Miles focused on LSU, talked with Michigan

I think Miles is 57 now, and the only NFL team I would worry about him leaving us for would be Dallas, and they now have a new HC.  Miles was the TE coach for a few years for them.  I think we have him until retirement now.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 1:56 am

Les Miles focused on LSU, talked with Michigan

I would not be so sure. I sense that Miles will eventually be enticed to be a head coach of an NFL team. Once they start throwing around $10-12 million per year Miles will be gone!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 6:58 pm

Les Miles focused on LSU, talked with Michigan

I think Les is right where he belongs, and so is Hoke.  Both schools got it right and should be fine going forward.  This should be it as far as Miles moving, and he should now retire from coaching as a Tiger. 

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