Former LSU head coach Les Miles will not be on the sideline for the 2017 college football season. All he’s asking for is a chance to win again.
College football is a little less fun without Les Miles.
The former LSU head coach had been one of the most colorful personalities in the sport while leading a premier SEC program, offering comical soundbites on an almost daily basis. But he lost his longtime job with the Tigers during the middle of last season, being replaced by Ed Orgeron, and was unable to land another head-coaching gig when the coaching carousel spun wildly earlier this offseason.
The 63-year-old Ohio native has no plans to retire, as the coaching itch very well remains. Last November, Miles suggested that he believes he has another decade of coaching in him.
Miles was in the mix for a few coaching opportunities after he was let go from LSU, but the Mad Hatter was unable to come to an agreement with any school, with Purdue and Minnesota being two of the reported suitors. At a coaching clinic at Nebraska over the weekend, Miles did not waver from his stance that he is very desirous of getting back on the sideline.
“I want to coach football,” Miles told reporters in Lincoln. “That’s pretty simple. I want an opportunity at a place that can win and a place where they really want to invest in the players. If they do that, I’m good.”
Miles made a guest appearance at a school that he is very familiar with, as son Ben Miles is committed to the Cornhuskers and will be a freshman fullback in Lincoln this fall.
There’s no question that Miles will be linked to other head openings when the next round of the coaching carousel takes place. His track record speaks for itself. Miles left Baton Rouge with the top winning percentage and second-most wins as head coach in program history. After replacing Nick Saban in 2005, he won a national championship in 2007, SEC championships in 2007 and 2011 and put together an overall record of 114-34.
There’s also no doubt, however, that the offensive problems of the Tigers sealed his fate. Miles had seemingly handcuffed offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and the Tigers just weren’t creative enough in scheming and play-calling.
Miles will be a head coach again. But he will need to sell a future AD on the idea that his future offenses will be a lot easier on the eyes than some of the units he fielded in Baton Rouge.
“All I need is an athletic director and a president that says, ‘Yeah, I want to be the best,'” Miles said.
As of now, the question remains: How long will Miles have to wait for that day to come?