Will Les Miles get another coaching shot?
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Question of the Day: Friday, Jan. 19
It’s been a newsy week for former LSU coach Les Miles, and as is often the case with Miles some of that news was made on accident.
On Monday, Arizona hired Kevin Sumlin as its coach — a position Miles was vying for. Frankly, the Wildcats made the right choice. The Pac-12 is the type of conference Sumlin can have a lot of success, and the transition from Rich Rodriguez to Sumlin is a lot more natural than going from Rodriguez to Miles.
Miles made news locally when he mentioned he wanted to hire Steve Ensminger as LSU’s offensive coordinator back in 2011. The next day, Miles went viral when video unearthed of him discovering a fidget spinner. And then on Thursday we were inundated with more Miles when he discussed how close he was to leaving for Arkansas after the 2012 season.
And that all leads us to our final question of the week, submitted by Clarence Stillman.
Will Les Miles ever get another job?
I think the moment of truth will be revealed next offseason. Miles turns 65 next November, and even though he’s a bit more vigorous than your average retiree, the market for new coaches in that age range is not sizzling.
There are four FBS college coaches older than Miles: Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, Ohio’s Frank Solich, San Diego State’s Rocky Long and Alabama’s Nick Saban. All were younger than Miles when hired to their current positions.
Because of that, if Miles goes a third offseason without landing a job, it’s hard to picture one materializing.
At that point, he’ll be at a crossroads. Perhaps a Group of 5 program would want him as a coach. And if he really wants to get back into the game, surely no FCS program would turn him down.
But I’ve long maintained his most natural role is as a media personality, no matter how much he may try to fight it. There is no better heir apparent to one day replace Lee Corso as the lovable, quirky, crazy old coach on College GameDay. The show needs one to survive, and Miles is perfect for it.
If Miles doesn’t get back into the coaching game next offseason, that’s the role I eventually see him filling.
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