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Flirtation over: Miles to remain at LSU

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At some point, Michigan will have a new head football coach for the 2011 season and beyond, but apparently it won’t be Les Miles.

Culminating a week’s worth of speculation since Rich Rodriguez was fired last week, Miles has reportedly decided to remain at LSU.  Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press, LSU radio network sideline reporter Jordy Hultberg and are all reporting that Miles has turned down the opportunity to return to his alma mater and will instead remain at the Baton Rouge school.

Shortly after the reports emerged, LSU confirmed it.  Miles is indeed staying in Baton Rouge.

“I am pleased to announce that Les Miles will remain the head coach at LSU,” said athletic director Joe Alleva.  “Les has led this program to many great successes on the field and his players represent LSU well off the field.  We look forward to many great years of LSU football under his leadership.”

Monday, it was reported that Michigan athletic director David Brandon and two other school officials met with Miles in Baton Rouge.  It remains unclear whether or not Miles was offered the job during that meeting, although that appears to be the case.

As to where Michigan will turn now that they’ve been rebuffed by Jim Harbaugh and Miles, San Diego State’s Brady Hoke will likely be a name that gets a great deal of play in the coming days.

One thing’s for certain: Brandon swinging and whiffing on two coaches who were reportedly atop his to-do list casts a further pall over a football program still reeling from three years under RichRod.  Especially when both of those candidates have deep ties to the university.

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33 Responses to “Flirtation over: Miles to remain at LSU”
  1. riversisanasshat says: Jan 11, 2011 12:47 PM

    As a life long, devoted Michigan football fan, my heart is breaking right now.

    My best (and only) guess is that Brandon is talking like Al Davis and scaring these coaching prospects away.

    Coaching Candidate: “Its a bit of a mess up there right now…I’d need some time”

    Brandon: “This is a great team. We can win with this team. We are expecting a championship in the next 1-3 years, or we’ll look elsewhere.”

    He is turning this job into a death sentence because he obviously has NO CLUE what it takes to take a team thats down without much talent and turn it around.

    Don’t kid yourselves fellow fans of the Maize and Blue…Brandon is as much to blame for this disaster as RichRod is.

  2. florida727 says: Jan 11, 2011 12:48 PM

    Funny how Michigan talks about wanting a “Michigan Man” to run its football program… then have trouble finding a Michigan Man that WANTS the Michigan job. Hoke will take it if offered, which it probably will be.

  3. suckitflorio says: Jan 11, 2011 12:49 PM

    i think the “swinging and missing” comment is way off base… Harbaugh had no intention of staying in the college ranks and Miles may not have even been formally offered the job. There is a reason Michigan didn’t offer it to him last time and this could have just been a courtesy meeting to appease both he and the fans.

  4. edgy says: Jan 11, 2011 12:50 PM

    The question becomes: will Hoke take scraps or will he want something that’s between RichRod and Harbaugh? Will Michigan use his loyalty to give him a take it or leave it offer that’s an insult or will they give him enough respect to make a decent offer? Will the fans give the Mike Golic look-alike the time to turn it around? Can Mary Ann ever forgive Ginger for not getting laid by Gilligan? These and questions will be answered on the next “As The Wolverine Turns.” (3 PM Eastern, 2 PM Central on CBS).

  5. BC says: Jan 11, 2011 12:53 PM

    I thought Mary Ann and Gilligan were an item in real life.

  6. waterboy2 says: Jan 11, 2011 12:53 PM

    Being an LSU fan, I am disappointed! I was ready to see him go.

  7. silverdeer says: Jan 11, 2011 1:05 PM

    I think that the press and blogs are as much of an issue to finding a coach as actually having a coach possibly say no. I wouldn’t be surprised if when DB went for his morning constitution that there wasn’t a reporter in the bowl with a waterproof mike. One of the biggest issues I see are that the expectations for the next coach are going to be even bigger than what RichRod had to deal with and all of the coaches know that the “UM faithful” are only going to be patient for about 30 seconds before second guessing him with every move he makes. It was proven with RichRod and I can only see it getting worse.

  8. edgy says: Jan 11, 2011 1:07 PM

    Only the wooden Gilligan. :)

  9. icaruslsu says: Jan 11, 2011 1:10 PM

    @waterboy- man give me a break Les Miles has led LSU to the most successful 6 year span in it’s history! Who cares if he is unconventional he wins 80% of his games in one of the toughest conferences in college fb who do you think could possibly do better, saban (miles is 3-3), meyer (even record as well) I registered just to respond to your post because it really makes no sense to want to be rid of a coach with miles’s success plus he graduates his players basically has no off field problems and his players love him. I hope he stays for many years because I love LSU!

  10. turbodog1027 says: Jan 11, 2011 1:11 PM

    I’m with you waterboy. Miles is absolutley the luckiest coach in football history. Easily could have lost 3 more games this year but the man does get his team up for the bowls. He knows that last impressions are lasting impressions.

  11. icaruslsu says: Jan 11, 2011 1:24 PM

    So do you think coaching LSU to an 11 win season without anything close to a D-1 QB is all luck?

  12. jamie54 says: Jan 11, 2011 1:29 PM

    Yes Hoke is a very good coach but this would be quite a step up, not that he couldn’t do it but don’t think it would excite the fan base very much. It would be more like I’ll believe it when I see it type of attitude. Bottom line, they have to do something very soon and would not be surprised if they hire him this week.

  13. phillyb6 says: Jan 11, 2011 1:35 PM

    fight! fight! fight! fight!

  14. pimpbotz says: Jan 11, 2011 2:00 PM

    Les is the man. Michigan would have bought out his contract and paid him $5m per. They’re crying right now. Les beats Saban and Meyer. He’s in the toughest division in the toughest conference and all he does is win games. Anybody who wants him gone is not a true lsu fan, you’re someone who knows nothing about football.

  15. mvp43 says: Jan 11, 2011 2:17 PM

    How embarrissing for Michigan……..
    Not Even a “Michigan man” wants this job.

    Problem is, the roster is full of Richrod type players that belong in the Pac 10. Any new coach would want players that fit his own scheme, and realizes it will take 2-3 years of losing before any good results are seen. They should’ve kept Richrod around for 2 more years to see if his system would work. MU is killing themselves..

  16. suckitflorio says: Jan 11, 2011 2:19 PM

    haha “should have kept him around for 2 more years”.. and after he loses for those 2 years, should he stay another 2 years just to make sure??? If you can’t get it done in 3 years, you can’t get it done and he didn’t even get close.

  17. caliguy58 says: Jan 11, 2011 2:33 PM

    This is the happiest day of my life as an LSU fan. Coach Les Miles has been a great coach for LSU, and anyone who thinks we could do better needs to have their head examined. His teams have been competitive with the best in the SEC, and I think that says it all. Of course, his outstanding win-loss record, outstanding bowl record, conference championships and a National Championship all in the span of 6 years is nothing short of amazing. Those who say Les Miles accomplished most of this with Nick Saban’s players are lunatics. Finally, and perhaps the most important factor about Les Miles is his recruiting abilities with a class ranked as high as No. 4 coming in this year. I hope Les is with LSU forever.

  18. icaruslsu says: Jan 11, 2011 2:33 PM

    Les is the man. Michigan would have bought out his contract and paid him $5m per. They’re crying right now. Les beats Saban and Meyer. He’s in the toughest division in the toughest conference and all he does is win games. Anybody who wants him gone is not a true lsu fan, you’re someone who knows nothing about football.

    Although I don’t agree with the method of delivery your point is right on how can someone look at Miles’s accomplishments and say they don’t want him as their coach it’s mind boggling that’s without even looking at the way his kids act off the field or their GPAs which is pretty good as well. If les left today LSU would be in a better place than when he got here which at the time would have gotten you laughed out of town (saying he would do better than the almighty Saban or better still that he would have a 3-3 record vs the almighty) you guys must be fans of another SEC school because it doesnt make sense otherwise. Here’s to Miles being at LSU till he retires as long as he retires before he is senile 😉

  19. richmcn says: Jan 11, 2011 2:41 PM

    philly trash

  20. goblue777 says: Jan 11, 2011 2:58 PM

    If we have to resort to hiring a joke of a coach like Hoke (47-50 overall record as a head coach), then Michigan football has definitively become the ultimate leper of college football. Hoke was turned down by Indiana and Minnesota. Michigan does not necessarily need a Michigan man. They do need a coach that can recruit talent and recruit fast as we will be lacking talent for the next 2-3 after this years debacle due to Brandon waiting way too long to fire Rich Rod.

  21. LSUSaint76 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:01 PM

    I wasn’t a Les Miles fan and always thought LSU could do better – until today. Miles finally gives coaches a good name by what he has done today. I was very concerned if he were to leave what would happen. That’s not to say I don’t want to see some tweaks done to the coaching staff – but Miles has managed and maintained our football program very well. I’m proud that he’s our coach and that he represents our university with such pride and class.

    Like I said – I used to be a Miles critic – and every fan can always make better calls than the coach on gameday,or so they think – but no more. LSU finally has a solid coach who’s about to prove he can win on his own merits and not Saban’s coat tails. Grats to LSU and our entire fan base – we finally have a coach who gets it and understands what it means to be an LSU man.

    To Michigan – seriously, good luck with finding a good coach.

  22. gamecockinfl says: Jan 11, 2011 3:56 PM

    LSU is the better job anyway. Better conference, better players and while the expectations are high, the fans aren’t absurd like the Michigan fans. Where does this “Michigan man” crap come from?!? Even their “god” coach,
    Bo was a Ohio man and never won a national championship. It just is not the job their fans think it is.

  23. edgy says: Jan 11, 2011 4:38 PM

    goblue777 says:

    If we have to resort to hiring a joke of a coach like Hoke (47-50 overall record as a head coach),


    5-19 — sound familiar to you? Please, go to the airport and end up on Youtube that the guy from Auburn. Hoke took over two crappy programs and worked hard to make them winners.

    BTW, it looks like you need to head to the airport because Michigan just hired Hoke…

  24. cometkazie says: Jan 11, 2011 6:35 PM

    Miles is a winner. I’m grateful he is staying.

  25. waterboy2 says: Jan 11, 2011 7:10 PM

    Someone please explain to me why les miles is such a great coach? I’ll give him credit on recruiting but lets be honest, Louisiana boys are gonna sign with LSU and most of LSU’s talent comes from LSU. Heck we were getting great talent when Dinardo was there! Saban turned the program around and put us back in National contention and turned us into a Power! But back to Miles… Why is he a great coach again? O yeah bc he has top recruiting classes…. Bc he surely cant manage the clock or put a consitent producing offense on the field or develop a quarterback… The LSU defense and special teams(Patrick Peterson( is the ONLY reason why LSU went 11-2. I mean the starting quaterback threw 4 touch downs all yr. Lets be honest, majority of the LSU nation wanted Les out after the Tennessee game. The guy is not a great football coach and there is no arguing that! Trust me, if he loses 3 games next season, he’s GONE! He should have taken the Michaigan job.

  26. icaruslsu says: Jan 11, 2011 9:29 PM

    . Lets be honest, majority of the LSU nation wanted Les out after the Tennessee game. The guy is not a great football coach and there is no arguing that! Trust me, if he loses 3 games next season, he’s GONE! He should have taken the Michaigan job.

    Granted he wasn’t the most popular man in town after the Tennessee game and i think that is a bit of a strecth to say a significant portion of the tiger nation wanted him out however apart from some issues with clock management what has he done wrong? The answer is nothing because in every other aspect of coaching he has been awesome he completely outcoached the almighty saban in the second half of the bama game and then had a superior gameplan in place for the Cotton Bowl which except for last year is what he does in every bowl with 2-4 weeks to prepare that’s how he outcoached saban in the bama game which I believe disproves your idea that he isn’t a good gameday coach other than that little issue which seemed to be worked out in the rest of this season’s games. The issue with QB is already worked out with the kid from GA so even if crowton is still here next year I think he will have a better offense than this past year he better because miles may be loyal to a fault but one more year of the type of offense we’ve had especially with a good qb would be the last coaching job for Crowton which I think Miles feels he must do to keep Crowton from looking bad giving him one season to redeem himself with a good QB. I would rather have Miles than any other D-1 head coach at this point especially after turing down his Alma mater for a second time.

    I don’t even know why I feel the need to reply to your posts as his numbers speak for themselves 61-17 over 6 years with four 11 win seasons in that period of time as well as recruiting top 10 classes every year and an NC and SEC Championship to go with a 4-1 record in bowl games there isn’t another coach in college FB that would do better than that over 6 years at LSU.

    Sorry for any issues with formatting typing this on my phone and don’t see a preview button for this blog

  27. icaruslsu says: Jan 11, 2011 9:32 PM

    Turning down actually wish this blog allowed you to edit or preview your posts

  28. icaruslsu says: Jan 11, 2011 9:33 PM

    Turning down actually wish this blog allowed you to edit your posts

  29. aintsfan says: Jan 11, 2011 11:30 PM

    I’m glad that Miles is staying at LSU. Why would anyone take the job at Michigan? I think that it is funny that none of the “Michigan Men” want to work in that hell-hole of a school. The Big Ten is a joke and the only people that don’t know it are the people in the Big Ten.

  30. southernpatriots says: Jan 12, 2011 9:34 AM

    With all the critics saying Miles is the luckiest coach, etc. it makes us nauseous. Come to a practice. See Mile and his coaching staff go over the “trick” plays, drill the defense for the upcoming teams, make them aware of the tendencies and weaknesses of the opposing blocking sequences and rehearse plays over and over again until all understand and can perform them. If it is luck to win a national championship, if it is luck to be in most games with an opportunity to win at the end of most, if that is luck then all the college and NFL coaches wish they had some of that. He has an even record with the genuises of coaching such as Saban, Nutt, and others. He is able to coach his team to be in a position to win the SEC or to challenge for the national championship almost every year. He was trained by Coach McCartney, a gentleman and coaches’ coach and by Coach Bo who was a great man and coach. We are glad to have him as our LSU football coach. His family is glad to be in Baton Rouge where the weather is much better than Ann Arbor or even OK. His family loves it in BR. We understand, we grew up there. Miles will have even greater success in the future with superb recruits, including a great QB prospect, and is poised once again to challenge for the SEC championship (and after all if you win that you are almost a lock for the national, right? 5 in a row, 6 of last 8, 7 of last 13!!!) and then to another national championship. Don’t be so jealous out there, just read the scores and record and appreciate a great team and great coaching when you see it!

  31. sfsaintsfan says: Jan 12, 2011 12:33 PM

    I agree with the love/hate relationship with Les Miles, but without him, LSU would be back to an 8 win team before long and our “Big Game” would be against Tulane! Really, the guy can recruit with the best of them (except at QB) and has lost only ONE non-conference game in his career at LSU (that was against an old guy who I think is a living legend who still is coaching at PSU). What more do you want? A National Championship EVERY year?

    Les has decided to stay at LSU, one of the top football programs in the country, with one of the deepest pools of talent to draw from (both from Louisiana and from surrounding states) and in by far the toughest Division in the toughest conference in the country. The SEC West (including the weaker schools) could play a round robin tournament against the rest of the schools in the top 25 all season long and would finish the season with a winning percentage well over 60%.

    On top of that, Michigan does not have boiled crawfish, and Les LOVES crawfish!!!!

  32. southernpatriots says: Jan 12, 2011 12:59 PM

    Coach Miles is loved by his players, though he and his staff work them VERY hard on practices. He won’t even let the big guys loaf. His wife and children love BR, (what’s not to like, though the traffic is horrible on I-10 right by LSU at drive times and most every hour) but oh the crawfish, shrimp, gumbos, etoufees, creoles, boils, blackened red fish, boudin, tasso, and all the rest, oui, oui! We cook the best, so we are going to try to get some to Coach Miles and his staff soon! Coach Miles, even with his game clock problems, makes LSU football “entertaining” (to copy a word by our old friends who are NOT football fans) and definitely interesting, though I would rather not have such last second heroics next season since I just had an operation. Geaux Tigers!

  33. southernpatriots says: Jan 12, 2011 1:15 PM

    Wow! Coach Miles just showed what a class man and program he runs. He just signed a contract extension through 2017 with LSU at the same salary! When have you ever heard that done?!!! Not even Emmy award winning sports reporters have never heard of that before. Yes, he has “incentive bonuses” but that is great. Beat all the SEC and win the SEC championship get a bonus. Win the national championship (that is the same as the SEC championship isn’t it? ha.) and get a bonus. That sounds fair. But we are sadly reminded of the Saban fiasco where he gets the national championshp and 2.5 mil + $1 and bolts for Miami. Miles did not do this on his last championship, we doubt he will in the future, but it still is a memory. Merci Beaucoup Coach Miles! Geaux Tigers!

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