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Miles confirms he will speak to Michigan

Les Miles

OK, now it’s officially, officially on.

Following up on reports that he will speak to Michigan Tuesday regarding their coaching vacancy, LSU head coach Les Miles confirmed earlier this afternoon that he will indeed meet with his officials from his alma mater.  Miles spoke to the media at the press conference announcing cornerback Patrick Peterson is leaving for the NFL.

“If anything, we have a very distant conversation with representatives that would represent the school,” he said. “I’m told we will speak at that time in a place that has not been identified, and it’s hard for me to speculate to the substance of that meeting.”

Wait a minute.  “I’m told“?  “Hard to speculate to the substance of that meeting“?  God bless Les and his eccentricities, but that little tap-dance is embarrassing and an insult to fans of the LSU football program.

You’re speaking to another school about a job.  Come out and admit it completely — without the “gee golly shucks” rube schtick — then move on.

Everybody involved deserves better than a Sammy Davis Jr. routine.

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19 Responses to “Miles confirms he will speak to Michigan”
  1. mashoaf says: Jan 10, 2011 3:57 PM

    I hope he leaves. The LSU fans do not deserve him. I remember when the season started that he was on the hot seat because he has not led them to a BCS birth in a while.

  2. scardino says: Jan 10, 2011 3:59 PM

    Ok, so he may or may not be talking to somebody who would theoretically represent Michigan in the hypothetical scenerio in which they might interview him for a to-be-determined position.

    Got it.

  3. bikerhal says: Jan 10, 2011 3:59 PM

    Thanks for your comment, and I couldn’t agree more. It is a major embarassment to LSU and its fans. LSU is well stocked to make a run for the title next year. They have a new QB in their pocket that was coveted by many schools, and with Ingram/Jones/Newton/Mallett gone, we have a good chance to possibly take the SEC championship.

    I understand why he would go, heck I was one of the ones hoping he would, but to do it in this fashion just plain sucks. It is sure to negatively impact recruiting.

    Hmmm. Where is Nick’s number. I wonder. . . . .

  4. bikerhal says: Jan 10, 2011 4:18 PM


    It isn’t exactly as you put it. Expectations were high but for a good reason. The fans were restless because of several factors. One involved the lack of progress in the development of Jordan Jefferson. Another involved the porous defense ( Bo Pelini left for Nebraska so he hired John Chavis). He was a very bad game-day coach and he has no clock management skills (See Ole Miss game) LSU was in the top 10 in recruiting classes for several years under his watch, yet he could not produce a Championship. After winning the National Championship in 2007 with Bo Pelini on Defense and with Saban’s troops, he follows it up with 5 losses in the next season, two were major blowouts to Georgia and Florida. All the major components of the NC team were there, and no team has “ever” lost 5 games the year after winning the NC. The play selection and style of offense is horrible. LSU typically had 20% fewer plays on offense than the opposition due to his style of calling plays. Crowton needs to be replaced as the OC but he refuses to budge. Les is a great man, and a gentleman, but he needs to be surrounded with coaches-in-waiting (Bo Pelini/Jimbo Fisher/Will Muschamp) to be successful in my opinion.

  5. baredon says: Jan 10, 2011 4:50 PM

    Let take his silly act to Yankeeland… He won’t be missed. LSU will come up with another good coach..

  6. steelers6pack says: Jan 10, 2011 4:55 PM

    Another lie by the SEC!

  7. usmutts says: Jan 10, 2011 4:55 PM

    Miles is just doing what they all do – playing with one school to get more money from his current school. LSU will get all worried and give him a big new contract. Miles will say he never intended to go to UM but was just helping them find the right guy.

    Besides, UM would have to teach him how to read a game clock ( LSU has given up on that, understandably ) and how to count how many seconds are on the play clock before sending in mass substitutions ( LSU is still working on that, fruitlessly ).

  8. usmutts says: Jan 10, 2011 5:03 PM

    If Miles does leave, LSU will have to find someone who knows more football than Miles. How about:
    1. Mike Florio
    2. Dick Vitale
    3. Jenn Sterger
    4. Al Davis
    Oh, never mind.

  9. LSUSaint76 says: Jan 10, 2011 6:01 PM

    That is pretty insulting of him to make those kind of comments. There is only one thing that Michigan would travel this far south for, and that’s to do an interview – so to act like that isn’t what’s happening is as bad as his clock management skills.

    If UM wants him – take him. But stop with all the drama surrounding the UM coaching job. Just make a decision so life can go on. UM’s AD was a total idiot for waiting this long to fire the coach he had, and now to disrupt recruiting for some other school I think is totally unprofessional. If you want Miles – pack his bags and take him with you on the return trip back to Michigan. I’m sorry, but at this point, to leave LSU for UM, would be taking 3 or 4 steps down. But if that’s what he wants, more power to him – let’s just get on with it.

  10. tryagainplease says: Jan 10, 2011 6:04 PM

    steelers6pack says: Another lie by the SEC!

    so, umm, les miles is the sec? i didn’t realize he constituted the whole thing kinda like the wizard of oz i suppose. you are absolutely the most ignorant poster on any message board/blog i have ever encountered and that is saying a lot. were your parents siblings?

  11. polegojim says: Jan 10, 2011 7:47 PM

    Wow – I didn’t believe the ‘LSU doesn’t deserve him’ post…. until I read the comments from LSU fans.

    OUCH. It’s just an interview for pete’s sake. Where’s the love?

    @LSUSaint76 – it’s about respect and money. Michigan will always have more of both than LSU.
    ; )

    … but seriously – LSU is a great program with a very good coach. Don’t kick him out the door for having an interview. You guys have more self respect than that, right?

    The maize and blue blood stream is coursing and pulsing. Michigan is a storied program with it’s next great chapter about to be written, whether it’s by Miles or not.

  12. Deb says: Jan 10, 2011 8:04 PM

    Oh dear, there he goes again. steelers6pack, Les Miles is a Michigan grad. You know … from up in the Big 10.

    Honey, you’re probably in junior high by now, so it’s a little late. But it’s too bad you weren’t raised down here. Southern parents tend to favor corporal punishment. And I swear you could have benefitted from a few good old-fashioned spankings. :roll:

  13. Deb says: Jan 10, 2011 8:10 PM

    mashoaf, did you say LSU fans do not deserve Les? They don’t deserve him? The guy caught on camera last season frantically gesturing for the QB to spike the ball, then telling newscasters he couldn’t imagine who told the QB to spike the ball? Frankly, given Michigan’s academic reputations … I’m a little surprised to hear he’s a graduate.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Les. He’s colorful. The South needs colorful coaches. In fact, the only possible comfort I could take from losing a coach as colorful as Les Miles would be seeing LSU hire Mike Leach. What better place for an old pirate than on the Bayou?

  14. tryagainplease says: Jan 10, 2011 9:09 PM

    deb- i was away on vacay during the hog game with very limited net access but i went back and read the posts about the game and saw your comment. i replied but it was days late so you probably didn’t see it- anyway thanks for your comment. it was a toughie to take for sure, we played so weird that night i can’t even explain my feelings on it.

  15. rajuncajun28 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:14 PM

    Why anyone would leave the SEC to go the the LITTLE 10 is a mystery to me….LSU is stacked next year and will likely win it all…trade that for MEEEECHAGAN….where’s the logic? oh yea, it is Lesticles we are talking about…

    Geaux Tigers and Geaux Away, Miles….

  16. rajuncajun28 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:15 PM

    Lesticles has a “want” to be misunderstood…and mysterious….

  17. Deb says: Jan 10, 2011 9:24 PM

    @tryagainplease …

    No, I didn’t see your comment–thanks. What a rotten way to spend vacation–watching that happen. It was an odd game. Really thought they were going to pull it out in the end. In the pros, we can always talk with some degree of certainty about next year. But in college, you never know because of all the personnel changes. Just hope both our teams come back strong in 2011 :)

  18. LSUSaint76 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:57 PM

    @polegoejim – UM has more money and more respect than an SEC school? You’ve got to be kidding. You guys brag about being the all time leader in wins in football – let an SEC school go play in the Big 10 every year and the same could be said for one of them. When’s the last time UM beat Ohio State?

    More money? What has this money brought you lately? The Big 10 doesn’t even get the national attention that the SEC does or the lucrative TV deals that the SEC does.

  19. rajuncajun28 says: Jan 10, 2011 10:29 PM

    @ polegojim – Meechegan is the joke of the LITTLE 10…they have been irrelevant for years…keep viewing the world in the rear view mirror, loser….everything is better at LSU – talent, facilities, recruiting, fan base and southern women are much better looking than your bland, boring-a$$ midwest hags….stay classy, pogo….or amaizely Blue $ucks…..

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