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.