Maybe Les Miles will be rowing the boat in 2017.
During an appearance on ESPN’s First Take, Miles indicated that if he were approached about the Western Michigan job recently vacated by P.J. Fleck that he would have interest.
Although Western Michigan isn’t a Power 5 team, playing in the Mid-American Conference, it did finish 13-1 with the only loss coming to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl. Miles said that he wouldn’t be opposed to coaching in a non-Power 5 conference.
“Certainly there are the top-division schools that can play for a championship year in and year out, certainly I fit there,” Miles said. “But when you sign up for coaching, here’s what you do. You say ‘Listen, I’m going to take a group of guys and I’m going to make them better. I’m going to take what I have and improve and direct and pull together and there’s an enjoyment with the process.’
“I enjoy the grind. I enjoy coming in early, I enjoy seeing guys that are working hard. It’s a part of my culture, it’s a part of the culture of the teams I’ve coached. We like to work hard. We approach the game in a matter-of-fact way and we figure that we’re going to win.”
Miles also has connections to the state of Michigan. He played as an offensive lineman at Michigan from 1974-1975 and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant there in 1980. He returned as an offensive line coach in 1987. Miles reportedly turned down a chance to return to his alma mater as the head coach in 2011.
Miles had a solid tenure at LSU, winning an average of 10 games in each of his 11 full seasons. After saving his job in the final week of the 2015 season, Miles was fired this season after a 2-2 start and replaced by Ed Orgeron. He’s been considered for a handful of jobs including Minnesota, Purdue and Houston.