Former LSU coach Les Miles is out of work, but he doesn’t plan to keep it that way forever.
But can the 63 year old convince a major college football program that he’s the right man for their job? That’s the question Miles will have to answer by the time coaches start going on the hot seat in the 2017 season.
Participating in a coaches clinic at Nebraska over the weekend, Miles made it very clear that he’s still very much in the coaching market even though he failed to secure a job during this off-season.
“I want to coach football,” Miles said, according to Rich Kaipust of the Omaha.com. “That’s pretty simple. I want an opportunity at a place that can win and a place where they really want to invest in the players. If they do that, I’m good.”
Miles’ name was associated with openings at Purdue, Minnesota, Western Michigan and Baylor during the off-season, but nothing materialized to the point of him being a front runner for any of those jobs.
His 141-55 career record as a head coach at LSU and Oklahoma State speaks for itself, and the Mad Hatter does have a national title and two SEC championships to his name. But questions remain about his offensive philosophy, which some considered dated and conservative in the era of spreading the field and letting the ball fly.
Would he be willing to take a non Power 5 job at this point in his career? Would he be willing to be a top-level assistant on someone else’s staff? These are questions Miles may have to answer if he wants to continue in the coaching profession.
Many believe he has the communication skills to be a great asset on the media side of college football, but his intentions to continue coaching remain clear.
Miles’ son is an incoming freshman fullback for the Cornhuskers, which explains his willingness to help out at the event for Mike Riley.