Monday, January 10, 2011
Les Miles might pull trigger this time
By ESPN.com staff
This time, Les Miles might pull the trigger.
All Miles has said to this point is that he expects to speak with Michigan, reportedly on Tuesday in Dallas.
It's what he's not saying that's telling. Yes, he's saying he's happy at LSU. Yes, he's saying he's comfortable.
But he's not saying much else.
The translation: He's going to listen intently to what his alma mater has to say.
LSU is one of the top three head coaching jobs in the SEC, right up there with Florida and Alabama, and the Tigers have a ton of young talent remaining.
So, I'm sure some people look at this situation and wonder why Miles would even consider leaving, especially when he's making $3.75 million per year.
For starters, don't be surprised if Michigan throws a number at Miles that's more than $4 million per year.
But over and above money, Miles has to be wondering if his window is up at LSU. He's won a national championship. He's won 11 or more games four of his six seasons in Baton Rouge. He's continued to recruit at a high level.
He's also probably not been fully appreciated by the LSU fans when you consider the success he's had. Part of that has been self-inflicted with the Ole Miss debacle two years ago and the near-debacle this season against Tennessee.
If Miles does indeed leave for Michigan, something tells me his coaching career at LSU will look a lot better to fans on the Bayou 10 years from now than it does right now.