Les Miles insists he has no intentions of returning to his alma mater and becoming football coach of the Michigan Wolverines.
As he prepared for his team’s bowl game against Notre Dame later this month, Miles told ESPN he has not heard from Michigan officials and even if he did he would not be interested in a change of scenery. Miles previously played at Michigan under legendary coach Bo Schembechler and later served as an assistant coach in the program for 10 years.
Miles’ run at LSU has been more than memorable. Approaching his tenth season, he has led the Tigers to two SEC titles and one Bowl Championship Series crown. Given all that success and the Wolverines’ recent and ongoing struggles, the Miles to Michigan as saviour rumors come as nothing new. As recently as 2007, they again reached fever-pitch proportions.
LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette later told reporters Miles has assured LSU athletic officials he will be staying put.
After he posted a 31-20 record, including 5-7 this season, Michigan announced earlier this month that the university was parting ways with the embattled Brady Hoke. The veteran coach, who went just 18-14 in the Big Ten, had replaced Rich Rodriguez who was fired after going 15-22 during his three seasons in Ann Arbor.
Besides Miles, other potential candidates who have been prominently mentioned include fellow alumnus and current San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, UCLA coach Jim Mora, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, New Orleans saints coach Sean Payton, Oklahoma State coach Bob Stoops and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.
After getting off to an 11-2 start in his first season, Hoke struggled to a 20-18 mark over the rest of his tenure. Already two weeks into their search, the Wolverines don’t seem to have set a timetable for naming his successor.[Photo Credit: Crawford Orthodontics]