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Miles is a lifer at LSU now

Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 2:25 pm
 
Great day for LSU. No, really, a great day.

Whether you Tigers like it or not, Les Miles is most likely a lifer now in Baton Rouge. LSU released a statement Tuesday saying that Miles is staying at the school after speaking to Michigan officials about its opening. 

You don't think Miles is locked in? The man just turned down his alma mater -- for the second time. I'm thinking Michigan isn't going to come around a third time. Miles knows that it's over. He told you on Tuesday, that he's OK with it. 

This is it for The Hatter. You're stuck with him, LSU, and you should be delighted. Where is he going to leave for now? The best college jobs are in the SEC and he's already got one of those. The league is to the sport what Beyonce is to music. Girl's got it going on. Crazy Les looked smarter than hell on Tuesday. 

Miles, the ultimate Michigan Man, is a Tiger Man until he retires or LSU fires him. If it does, the school will owe him millions in buyout money that will be a testament to his excellence. He will have earned every cent. Until Nick Saban came along, LSU was kind of slopping around, certainly not an SEC threat. Miles carried on the excellence winning, yes, with Saban's players but also his own. Next year's team, seven years removed from Saban, should start the season in the top five.

No matter what you think of his methods, the man wins. Big. 61-17 in six seasons. That kind of excellence trumps everything. Or should. Les gets tired of being bashed by spoiled LSU fans but obviously he knows the long-term at LSU is better than it is at Michigan. LSU should compete for the SEC title every year as long as he is there, and compete for the national championship every few years. That's a damn fine football standard he helped set.

Miles obviously realized how big a rebuilding job would await at his alma mater. Whoever gets the Michigan job -- it looks like San Diego State's Brady Hoke now that Michigan has whiffed on Miles -- is going to have a lot of work to do. There is a dearth of talent on defense. The offense is a rip-up-the-carpet type project especially for a coach like Hoke who doesn't run the spread.

And each day Ohio State gets further and further ahead.

No, it was not a good time to take the Michigan job. In the end, Miles knew that. The man might be quirky and weird at times, but he isn't dumb. He's got the job of his life. Get used to it LSU. Your guy isn't leaving, perhaps ever. He just told you Tuesday that LSU has replaced Michigan as his dream job.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: LSU, Michigan
 
Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Miles is a lifer at LSU now

I do business in LA and most of the fans I talk to hate Miles.  Everytime Michigan comes around Miles gets more money.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 8:57 am
 

Miles is a lifer at LSU now

Good insight! And you're right about #1 being recruiting.....you can be a great coach and turn out only an average team if you don't have the players.  I think he chews the grass as a motivational tool to get his players fired up....I doubt he really enjoys it ;) . But you cannot argue with his success, and his overall record and more importantly bowl record bears that out!



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 8:56 am
 

Miles is a lifer at LSU now

Good insight! And you're right about #1 being recruiting.....you can be a great coach and turn out only an average team if you don't have the players.  I think he chews the grass as a motivational tool to get his players fired up....I doubt he really enjoys it ;) . But you cannot argue with his success, and his overall record and more importantly bowl record bears that out!



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Miles is a lifer at LSU now

I remember the first game Les coached, the Tigers were on the road at Arizona State and in the first quarter, deep in thier own territory, Les called a fake punt on 4th down and made it. I thought he was insane. When I saw him eating grass, I KNEW he was insane, but I have grown to love him. He does three things really well that all head coaches need to do:

1) Recruit
2) Get the kids ready to play in big games (5-1 in bowl games)
3) SELL the team to the media

Thank you Les for staying, this tiger Alum appreciates you and the hard work you are doing for us.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Miles is a lifer at LSU now

Fine with me.  I am glad that he is still here.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Miles is a lifer at LSU now

Wow, now this is a big surprise to me! I could understand him not being interested in the Michigan job due to their situation, but I figured that if he was willing to interview, he'd be willing to take a job at his alma mater. I wholly agree that Michigan won't coming knocking on his door a third time, but I always had the sense he was pretty happy with Baton Rouge, certainly no slouch school and one that he can recruit kids to pretty easily.  Granted Michigan is a nice four season state, but Baton Rouge certainly has it's charm and the winters are a heck of a lot kinder there than in Ann Arbor! Bully for him I say, and great for the Tiger fans....



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Miles is a lifer at LSU now

Wow, now this is a big surprise to me! I could understand him not being interested in the Michigan job due to their situation, but I figured that if he was willing to interview, he'd be willing to take a job at his alma mater. I wholly agree that Michigan won't coming knocking on his door a third time, but I always had the sense he was pretty happy with Baton Rouge, certainly no slouch school and one that he can recruit kids to pretty easily.  Granted Michigan is a nice four season state, but Baton Rouge certainly has it's charm and the winters are a heck of a lot kinder there than in Ann Arbor! Bully for him I say, and great for the Tiger fans....


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