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Miles interview with Michigan ‘expected to happen’

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And, it’s on.

Earlier today, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva issued a statement saying he has “not been contacted by anyone from the University of Michigan about Les Miles.”

That apparently is about to change.‘s Joe Schad is reporting that Michigan has expressed an interest in interviewing Miles and that the interview is expected to take place.  It’s unclear when the interview would actually happen.

One source told Schad that Miles, who has just a $1.25 million buyout if he were to leave for the Ann Arbor school, would give LSU 24 hours notice before interviewing; that notification has not yet happened.  Another source said that Miles would be very interested in speaking to athletic director David Brandon.

If it goes down as reported, Miles would become the first known candidate to interview for the Michigan job since it came open last week.

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31 Responses to “Miles interview with Michigan ‘expected to happen’”
  1. gatorprof says: Jan 8, 2011 9:59 PM

    UM just isn’t as good of a job or program as LSU is right now. UM has much more history to be sure, but LSU has 2 BCS titles to UM’s goose egg.

    That being said, it may be attractive to go to a weaker conference with an easier path to a BCS.

  2. spudvol says: Jan 8, 2011 10:21 PM

    For Miles it may come down to where the grass is greener…literally.

  3. rick1922 says: Jan 8, 2011 10:26 PM

    Miles played and coached at Michigan good reason to go back there.

  4. polegojim says: Jan 8, 2011 10:59 PM

    Would be nice for recruiting and current commitments, but not be all / end all.

    Brandon needs to get this done soon, to end speculation, whomever the final choice is.

    UM is golden, not goose egg. Turning the football program back to it’s winning ways isn’t a stretch. That’s not UM ‘homer’ talk, it’s a fact.

    Money, Committment, Drive – Michigan is rich in all three. Just need to get back to HC talent… and defense.

    Miles may simply enjoy the comfort of his current success, however LSU also is not what they were.

    The ebb and flow, rise and fall is the beauty of College Football.

  5. triumphdog says: Jan 9, 2011 12:20 AM

    Bring him in !

  6. brownstown2 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:28 AM

    Easy to understand why. When Michigan is right, it’s a prime gig. Add in his roots and it’s a slam dunk choice.

    Plus, I’m sure he’s looking to get back to a conference where all of the fans don’t pull for other teams like a bunch of inbred extras from the set of Deliverance.

  7. WingT says: Jan 9, 2011 8:16 AM

    It will be interesting to see how muh LSU bumps his salary in an effort to keep him. Also will be interesting to see if Michigan offers him 4+M. They offered Hairball 5.2M right?

  8. gamecockinfl says: Jan 9, 2011 9:00 AM

    Will the last person leaving Michigan for the south, please turn out the lights. And please leave the rust and cold behind. LSU IS all about money, commitment and drive. Why else would their success, in the past 10 years, be what it is and why Michigan’s is not. By the way, how’s the weather today? You guys having a snow shoveling contest?

  9. kupski says: Jan 9, 2011 9:04 AM

    If this guy has any sense he will stay where he is and compete in the S.E.C. and where it is warm. If he took that job he would have to completely rebuild what Dick Rod soiled.

  10. 10kmp says: Jan 9, 2011 9:11 AM

    Just because UM SUPPOSEDLY offered Harbaugh 5.2M doesn’t mean they are obligated to offer Miles the same…or anywhere close. Yes, Miles won a NC, and yes Miles competes well in the SEC; the acknowledged best conference in college football. However, there are situations that exist in life when there are OBVIOUS advantages in opting for person “A” (Harbaugh) over person “B” (Miles) even though person “B” SEEMINGLY has the better resume, and this happens to be one of those situations. Harbaugh, although he hasn’t achieved the same measure of success as has Miles, is the OBVIOUS better choice here. I mean, where do I begin with the advantages? Harbaugh is brighter, he is a much better X and O’er, he is an infinitely better bench/game day coach, he manages the game FAR better than Miles ever could on his very best day… I could literally go on and on. Lets ask this: Could Miles achieve at Stanford what Harbaugh achieved? Would Stanford have even considered Miles for their head coaching position? The answer to both, in my personal opinion, is a resounding NO. I am not a UM fan, as a matter of fact I am a UM hater. As an Ohio State alumni member, I had hoped that Harbaugh would have taken the UM job and returned them to the upper crust of the conference. The Big10 needs someone the caliber of Harbaugh. The conference needs that cache the Harbaugh instantly brings. However, that is now a pipe dream, and UM must go on to the next best candidate. Is that Miles? I don’t know. There is just something dopey about the guy. At the end of the day do I think Tressel and the Buckeyes will continue to have their way with UM if Miles is the choice? Yes. Not nearly to the degree that it’s been this past decade, but I still believe that the Buckeyes will own the Wolverines, by and large, if Miles comes back to Ann Arbor. Just an opinion…

  11. sgtpeppers05 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:17 AM

    @10kmp…shouldnt you be out on a ledge somewhere? this thread is for uninformed opinions and speculation, not your wramblings about blah blah blah

  12. cometkazie says: Jan 9, 2011 9:43 AM

    “Wramblings”? . . . . . Is that a Charlie Wrangle word?

    A lot of these posts aren’t uninformed, but misinformed.

    If we didn’t have them, there wouldn’t be much list traffic and they help me maintain my sense of humor.

  13. ernieernie says: Jan 9, 2011 10:21 AM

    I was wrong in my assessment that Michigan would not be interested in Miles based on three years ago. However, I still beleive Miles is playing one against the other and is really just trying to egg-on LSU to pony up to the bar. Its always about da money and LSU has da money.

    I’ll be shocked if he goes to Michigan when he has it all at LSU. Especially his recruiting machine which he would have to start anew and in the next two weeks. The train has left the station on that one.

  14. rick1922 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:48 AM

    Miles will be the next HC at MICHIGAN TUES. NOON. MARK IT DOWN.GOOD BYE LSU and your 11 win seasons.

  15. pjduffey says: Jan 9, 2011 11:10 AM

    I will be a bit surprised if Miles leaves his relatively cushy job at powerhouse LSU to go back to Michigan. As a UF fan who has seen Miles’ “coaching,” I would caution UMich to consider the fact that the prevailing view in the SEC want Miles to stay because he is HOLDING LSU BACK.

    Keep in mind though that Miles will probably find tempting not only the money that UMich will dangle (no big buyout here) but also the chance to come back to the place that he considers to be HIS university and bring it back. That was one of the big considerations for this guy Bear Bryant (heard of him?) back in the late 50’s when he left Texas A&M (after turning the program around and getting his RB the Heisman) to take over a failing Alabama program (2-7-1 the previous year). In fact, he is famous for saying this about returning: “Momma called. And when Momma calls, you just have to come runnin’.” (Bryant played for Alabama as was on their 1934 NC team). Obviously Miles is no Bear Bryant, BUT the motivation is the same and shouldn’t be underestimated.

    Also consider that Miles knows he has two losing seasons (AT BEST) before he is sh!t canned at LSU. He is not highly regarded by the fan base or (from what I hear) the administration there. I think Edgy suggested it in another thread and I agree–best thing to do here is use the (potential) UMich offer as leverage to negotiate a contract extension with a massive buyout for LSU to fire him.

  16. bodybaggame says: Jan 9, 2011 11:39 AM

    I like my wrambler jeans…

  17. sgtpeppers05 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:58 AM

    haha i burned one this morning lay off my spelling

  18. cometkazie says: Jan 9, 2011 12:14 PM

    sgtpeppers05 says:
    Jan 9, 2011 11:58 AM
    haha i burned one this morning lay off my spelling
    = = = = =

    I should have put a smiley!

    I’m sure you can wrangle your way out of that.

  19. johnUofMfan says: Jan 9, 2011 12:50 PM

    Welcome Home to the “Maize & Blue” Les!!

  20. gwest40 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:02 PM

    I posted that RichRod would be fired before the press announced it (everyone saw that coming). A week ago, I posted that Harbaugh was going to SF (not a big surprise either). Now I’m telling you that Les Miles is NOT coming to UM. Brady Hoke will be the next coach. If not, it’ll be some no-name dweeb. Either way, UM is going the way of Nebraska and Notre Dame. I live in Columbus, OH. It won’t be long before OSU begins to decline as well….might be 3 or 4 years, but its coming.

  21. 10kmp says: Jan 9, 2011 1:31 PM


    I think you’ve “burned” one too many. “Wramblings”… idiot.

  22. lsusaint76 says: Jan 9, 2011 3:09 PM

    I’m not and have never been a Les Miles fan – and I’ve always been ultra critical when it comes to him and his coaching decisions. Having said that, obviously I am an LSU fan. I’ve said forever that Miles won on Nick Saban’s coat tails – including beating Ohio State for the National Championship which someone up there must have forgotten.

    While I’m not a Les Miles fan – in fairness to him – he is consistently getting top recruiting classes – how – I have no idea. The problem is he can’t get a quarterback, which that may have finally changed with this Zack Mettenberger or whatever his name is kid. The problem to me with Miles is he recruits well, but nothing seems to happen after that with the development of the players.

    So I totally agree with the person that said Miles is what is holding LSU back. I won’t be mad if Miles stays – but I won’t be sad if he goes. People can be critical of LSU having the money to spend – but that’s just how you survive in the SEC. That’s why it has been for a long time now and will be for a long time to come, the best football conference in the country.

  23. sgtpeppers05 says: Jan 9, 2011 3:25 PM

    @10kmp…great insult, would expect nothing less from an osu alumni, the harvard for rednecks! i’m sure you have a tressel poster up in your office of your tire business as well…

  24. rick1922 says: Jan 9, 2011 3:29 PM

    Hold them back from what after Miles leaves they will be the doormats of the SEC like they were before Saban got there.YOU people at LSU should enjoy what you have now because you are not a great football power like you all think not even close.MICHIGAN has won more games then you’ll ever win.

  25. lsusaint76 says: Jan 9, 2011 3:38 PM

    Every team goes through cycles of winning and not winning. LSU isn’t going to allow the football program to decline back into the cellar of the SEC. Lets face it, no team is ever going to win 10 and 11 games a year every single year. No one cares how many total wins a football program has – it’s all about “what have you done lately.” And that’s true of all schools. Michigan hasn’t done anything lately , and you got smashed by an up and coming Mississippi State program. If you want Miles that bad -do what you need to do to make your people get him. Miles may in fact be good at maintaining a program once it’s built – but he didn’t rebuild LSU – Saban did and Miles has maintained that to some degree. In my opinion, Michigan needs someone who’s going to build it, and you need someone who has proven they can build a program from nothing.

  26. 10kmp says: Jan 9, 2011 3:59 PM


    You mean “from an OSU ALUMNUS”. Your referring to one individual, me, and “ALUMNI is plural. Again, you’ve logged one too many hours with your bong… idiot.

  27. Reggie's Bush says: Jan 9, 2011 4:43 PM

    As a LSU fan… I can’t wait until Les Miles and his damn good Michigan team f up any and all QBs on that roster (plus the 2 minute drill)

    Wish you guys still had Mallett? Good job R-Rod

  28. cometkazie says: Jan 9, 2011 5:49 PM

    10kmp says:
    Jan 9, 2011 3:59 PM

    You mean “from an OSU ALUMNUS”. Your referring to one individual, me, and “ALUMNI is plural. Again, you’ve logged one too many hours with your bong… idiot.

    What you said 10kmp @Jan 9, 2011 9:11 AM was,

    “I am not a UM fan, as a matter of fact I am a UM hater. As an Ohio State alumni member, I had hoped that Harbaugh . . .” which is not very well written. What does “alumni member” mean? Is alumni a club?

    You know what I mean.

  29. waterboy2 says: Jan 9, 2011 6:30 PM

    LSU fans want Miles out as do the BIG money boosters… I think its a safe way for Miles to exit LSU. End on a bowl win and head back to your alma mater for big money and a chance to play in a much weaker conference. He can use his success in the SEC as a recruiting tool and try and rebuild UM program.

  30. cometkazie says: Jan 9, 2011 8:39 PM

    Patrick Peterson is expected to announce he will make himself eligible for the draft tomorrow

  31. polegojim says: Jan 9, 2011 9:52 PM


    Mallett? Mallet???

    OH YES, I’d MUCH rather have Mallett than Denard Robinson… WHAT????

    You must have burned a couple too….

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