After his name came up in regards to several head coaching openings this season, it’s become increasingly unlikely that Les Miles will be on a sideline in 2017.
The most likely course of action for Miles at this point is to take the year off and gear up for openings on next season’s coaching carousel, maybe even do some work as an analyst in the mean time.
But former Ole Miss and Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has a keen understanding of that path back to the sidelines, and he wants Miles to be wary of it. Nutt was fired at Ole Miss in 2011 after four seasons. He intended to get back into coaching after taking the 2012 season off, but that never happened, and on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show, he offered some advice to Miles about the move.
Houston Nutt thinks taking a year off is why he doesn't have a coaching job right now pic.twitter.com/Zf7i29PBcL
— Michael Borkey (@MichaelBorkey) January 11, 2017
Of course, this could be a slight reach by Nutt. Miles, while struggling to win the big game, averaged 10 wins per season in his 11 full seasons at LSU, including a national championship in 2007 and another appearance in the game in 2011.
Nutt, on the other hand, finished with a losing 24-26 record in four seasons at Ole Miss, including just 10 conference wins. While he finished with a better record in his 10 seasons at Arkansas, that tenure ended with a resignation in 2007 amid fan backlash.