Les Miles appears to face an uphill climb to be a head coach again.
With the most recent coaching carousel slowing down — thank goodness — the former LSU coach finds himself without a head-coaching job. Barring something unforeseen before next season, Miles will miss out on becoming a head coach for the second consecutive offseason. That’s not a good sign for the 64-year-old, national championship-winning leader.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg wrote about Miles when breaking down takeaways from the most recent coaching carousel. Miles reportedly received little-to-no interest for open positions in recent weeks.
Here’s the nugget about Miles from Rittenberg’s story as seen under the heading, “The window seems to have closed for Les Miles.”
Miles went 114-34 in SEC play at LSU with two league titles, three division titles and the 2007 national title. Yet the Mad Hatter didn’t have a legitimate shot at any of the six openings in his former conference this year. Miles told ESPNU Radio last week that “not one” school reached out to him about a vacancy, despite some lobbying at Tennessee.
Meanwhile, the six new SEC hires included only one man (Mullen) with head-coaching experience in the league and just two (Mullen and Fisher) who were Power 5 head coaches. The 64-year-old Miles wants to coach, and the sport is better when he’s on the sideline, but he has now been shut out of two coaching cycles. The verdict seems to be if Miles underachieved with LSU’s talent, he might not be the best option to turn around a lesser program.
For sure, the SEC and college football as a whole would be more entertaining if Miles found himself on a sideline again. But Rittenberg is right. Perhaps athletic directors see Miles as an aging underachiever, despite a resume for the coach that includes that national title with the Tigers from the 2007 season.
Unfortunately for Miles, the landscape doesn’t look good for him at the moment.
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