LSU still has some unfinished business tomorrow in the Cotton Bowl Classic, but for most College Football programs the season is over. With the end of the season comes some bitter news for some of the sport’s head guys in charge.
It’s pink slip time in College Football.
We’ve already seen some coaches lose their jobs such as Dave Wannstedt and Randy Shannon, but no firing was wrought with as much speculation as that of now former Michigan head Coach Rich Rodriguez. The media seemed to be torn on whether or not Rodriguez was going to be fired, but when the decision came down talk turned almost immediately to his successor.
Of course there have been names floated. Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh has been mentioned as a strong candidate, being that he’s a Michigan man who’s Christ-Like resurrection the Cardinal football program has made him the coaching flavor of the month. Harbaugh however, is also being sought by a litany of NFL teams, and many believe that league is where he wants to be.
If only there were another former Michigan player coaching a successful, high profile college football team?
Obviously there is. He’s got his own style and his own way, but there is no doubt that Coach Les Miles would be an attractive candidate for Michigan if the Maze and Blue decided to look south to fill their vacancy.
Amid the rumblings that a meeting could take place is a report by our pals over at The Shreveport Times that claims Coach Miles is in no hurry to meet with his former school about their opening.
“I have received no contact from Michigan,” Miles said at a scheduled Cotton Bowl press conference Wednesday. “I’m really here to speak about no other school. I’m here to speak about LSU. Michigan will be fine. There will always be Michigan. Speculation is not factual.”
Miles’ Tigers (10-2) play Texas A&M (9-3) in the Cotton Bowl at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“The only thing I can say to you is my focus is complete,” Miles said. “We’re preparing to play a great A&M team. That’s my want and desire.”
A former Michigan player and two-time assistant coach for the Wolverines, Miles was considered for the Michigan job after the 2007 season when Coach Lloyd Carr stepped down. When the subject came up at various press conferences throughout that season, Miles spoke at length about his love for Michigan and the “Maize and Blue,” even coming to tears at one point.
Then a day before LSU played Tennessee for the Southeastern Conference championship, Miles went as far as to say that he would talk to Michigan about its opening in the days following the game. Michigan had asked and received permission to talk to Miles at that point as long as it was after the SEC title game.
Will coach Miles spurn the Wolverines for a second time? We’ll keep our eyes on this one…