The Western Michigan Broncos were probably the best non-Power 5 team in the country in 2016, going 13-0 in the regular season before losing to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl. That success came at a price, however, as they lost their head coach, PJ Fleck, to Minnesota. However, with the job back on the market, FootballScoop.com is reporting that Western Michigan apparently is giving consideration to two prominent coaches with heavy SEC ties: former LSU head coach Les Miles, and Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.
Miles is obviously without a job at the moment, and has been open about his desire to get back to coaching. He has ties to the state of Michigan, having played for the University of Michigan in the mid-1970s and coached for the Wolverines in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Cristobal has likewise been rumored for several jobs — including the offensive coordinator position at Oregon — though he has no significant ties to the upper Midwest.
*Update: DetroitNews.com is now reporting that Miles is not being considered for the open Western Michigan position.