Former LSU head coach Les Miles has already expressed that he’s interested in coaching again. If some big-name schools have anything to do with it, Miles could be leading a program again as soon as next season.
Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel reported Sunday that Miles is a frontrunner at Purdue and is on Baylor’s list of candidates as well. He wrote this on the Boilermakers:
The two most prominent names on its list are former LSU coach Les Miles and Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck.
If Purdue is going to act early, Miles would be a favorite. He’s right in the mix of this job, although the chances of Alabama assistant Steve Sarkisian going with him, as reported, are considered slim.
Miles knows the Big Ten well. He was a Michigan man and spent one year as a graduate assistant and later came back as the offensive line coach from 1987-94. He returned to his alma mater last weekend and spoke with media about his job search.
Miles would have work to do at Baylor in replacing Art Briles. The program has been wrapped in scandal stemming from numerous sexual assault allegations involving football players. Here’s what Thamel said about the job with the Bears, adding Miles is a name to watch:
Miles has significant Big 12 experience from his time at Oklahoma State and could be a calming presence for a school in turmoil.
The former LSU head coach was 28-21 in his time at Oklahoma State with a 1-2 record in bowl games over four years as head coach from 2001-04. He was fired from LSU earlier this season during his 11th year at the school where he won the 2007 BCS National Championship and was 114-34 overall.