One of the biggest coaching names already available for schools to hire this offseason is Les Miles, who was let go in September from LSU.
To nobody’s surprise, the ‘Mad Hatter’ is back in the news ahead of the Tigers’ showdown with Alabama and told Sports Illustrated that he would like to find a place to win a national title again and coach for another decade.
“I have 10 or 12 years left in me. There’s plenty of energy in this body. I’m not a guy who lends himself to excesses, and I have great health. Let’s go find us a place where the school wants to invest and win,” Miles said. “I think I’m a better football coach today than I was the Sunday after Auburn. I have a want to win, win a conference championship and have the opportunity to play for a national championship still in me.”
Miles went 114-34 in Baton Rouge and won one BCS championship plus a pair of SEC titles. He is undoubtedly the most accomplished coach on the market and, based on what he told SI, is looking to correct the issues that plagued him at LSU by studying spread offenses and looking to implement them into his next stop.
That’s something athletic directors certainly want to hear and it’s probably no surprise to hear that he recently hired a high-power agent to help state his case. Miles has been mentioned for jobs such as Baylor and Purdue (probably not the place to win a national title, as he stated) so it should be interesting to see where he winds up landing.
One thing seems abundantly clear based on recent interviews, it will be a much different version of Miles the head coach at his next stop than what we saw in his final few seasons at LSU.