As his former team was losing in the final seconds against Florida, Les Miles spoke to ESPN commentators Dave Pasch and Greg McElroy about his next step.
Miles, who attended Saturday’s Indiana-Michigan game — Miles coached and graduated from the Ann Arbor school — talked about the end of his run at LSU while also speaking about what lies ahead.
Miles first answered questions about his feelings toward LSU as the season has unfolded.
“I hired every one of those guys in the building, I recruited those guys. Those 100,000 people in that stadium, I am loyal to,” Miles said on the broadcast. “It’s hard for me to see them not have success. As a group they’ve done a pretty good job.”
With the loss to Florida, the Tigers fell to 6-4, with a trip to Texas A&M on Thursday to close the regular season. It was against the Aggies last year, with rumors swirling, that Miles saved his job for one more season.
But LSU fired Miles after four games this season. Miles was asked about the timing of his firing and again had nothing but positive words about his former school.
“I’m not going to argue about the timing,” Miles said. “I had a great time there, I enjoyed the team I coached. LSU has been wonderful to me.”
Miles went 114-34 at LSU. He won two SEC titles and a national championship. Even at Miles’ age, 63, he figures to have plenty of potential suitors. Though Miles didn’t name anyone in particular, he made it very clear: He wants to be a head coach next season.
“We’ll have to see if there is a match out there for me and a quality institution. At this point, I can’t tell you,” Miles said. “My want is to be a football coach. I enjoy being with young men and I enjoy pointing to the field.”
On Friday, reports surfaced that Miles wanted to bring former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian with him to Purdue. The Boilermakers fired their coach earlier in the season.
Miles added that he’s spoken with plenty of top-notch offensive coordinators. And Miles said that he’s gotten plenty of interest from offensive coordinators as well.
“I’ve had the good fortune to visit with a number of guys who are coordinators in major college football and would like to entertain a great opportunity,” Miles said.
In addition to coaching at LSU, Miles was the head coach at Oklahoma State.