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Les Miles "not interested" in Miami Dolphins job

Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:44 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When the South Florida Sun-Sentinel listed Les Miles as one of the leading candidates for the now-vacant Miami Dolphins head coaching job Monday, it seemed like something of a reach, not just for the paper's reasoning (that NCAA "sanctions could be on their way"*) but because Miles has never been in a better position in Baton Rouge. He's on the verge of his second national title and first perfect season, all with a stunningly young team that features underclassmen in any number of key positions. He's not just enjoying his best campaign yet; he could be on the verge of an out-and-out dynasty.

But just to put any potential rumors to bed for good, Miles had LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette issue a statement on his behalf Wednesday that disavowed any interest in the Dolphins position.  

"He said he is full steam ahead for the national championship and not interested in any other job," Bonnette said. "He wanted everyone to know that he is not interested in the Miami job." 

Miles does have some minor NFL coaching experience, having coached the Dallas Cowboys tight ends from 1998-2000, and we've argued in this space before that his ability to succeed at the "next level" shouldn't be dismissed.

But whatever positives there might be for Miles in making the move to the pro grame, right now they seem entirely dwarfed by the positives waiting for him in his current position. This might not be the last NFL job connected to Miles this offseason, but we don't expect Miles's response to ever be any different.

*We're assuming this is in reference to the Willie Lyles scandal. But we're not 100 percent sure.

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:42 pm

Les Miles "not interested" in Miami Dolphins job

Saban and Spurrier proved there is ahuge difference between the NFL and college..Myles and Saban are gods with all their back to back top#5 recruiting classes year after year; but put them on a average NFL team and they get exposed for what they are..Few good coaches can't win without cream of the crop players,,Give Saban the Ole Miss roster and he might win 2 more games then Nutt..That's reality!!!No way Myles leaves his throne..Too much talent to walk away from a NC contender for years to come

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:15 pm

Les Miles "not interested" in Miami Dolphins job

That means he is interested.What is he suppose to say,yes im interested.He cant come out and say that he is with his team about to play for a national championship.He wants his players to be focused on the game and not worry about if he is going to be around next year,also he has recruiting to worry about,you dont want other teams to be out there telling your recruits that you are not going to be there.Let them get through this game and then will see if he is interested or not.

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:32 pm

The "Next" Level?!?

The NFL is not the "next level" - in most respects, it is a step down from the SEC. Miles would be foolish not to finish out his career in Baton Rouge. And the SEC would be les-ser place without him.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:38 am

Les Miles "not interested" in Miami Dolphins job

Let's be honest here.  LSU has not always been the best at hiring coaches.  Do the names Archer, Hallman, and Dinardo mean anything to anyone?  Those were the three coaches at LSU prior to Saban arriving, and none were any good.  LSU's last two hires have been great, but hiring new football coaches is never fun for a university.  We just need to keep Miles happy at LSU and all is well.  I have no interest in looking for a new coach anytime in the near future. 

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:32 am

Les Miles "not interested" in Miami Dolphins job

If anyone is jumping to the NFL, it will be Saban.  If he wins another championship, look for him in the NFL next year.  Sorry Bama.  You don't hire Nick, you only rent him.

Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:03 am

Les Miles "not interested" in Miami Dolphins job

Nick Saban lead MSU to a respectable 9-2 record in 1999, so yes, people have heard of him before he came to LSU. So what you are saying, LSU is great at hiring no name coaches hoping they will do well? That's a smart move....

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:18 am

Les Miles "not interested" in Miami Dolphins job

Les Miles is not leaving LSU because he is not stupid. Les is a great coach with one of the greatest coaching jobs anywhere. LSU fans and local recruiting talent are the best anywhere. Currently, almost every player who came to LSU from 99 to 07 has a National Championship on their resume, and every player since has a chance to win one this year. You might have noticed that, you probably never heard of Les Miles or Nick Saban before they came to LSU. LSU makes superstar coaches. Even if Les did decide to leave, we say bring on da next superstar coach. Jobs don't get any betta den dat! Geaux Tigers!

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:07 am

Les Miles "not interested" in Miami Dolphins job

Les Miles isn't going anywhere. He turned down the Michigan job (his alma mater) and is now turning down the Dolphins gig to coach the best college football team in America. He is and will always be a class act.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:22 am

Les Miles "not interested" in Miami Dolphins job

The things people come up with to create a story. Les Miles isn't going anywhere. That would be crazy! He has everything a man could want. He's at the top of the SEC west (the best in college football) and no end in sight. I don't think he broke. Miami is dreaming.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:46 am
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