Rumor: “Les Miles Could Finally Head Home to Michigan Wolverines”

LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles during LSU football media day at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Michigan Wolverines may have a job opening this year or next considering the disappointing performance by Brady Hoke in Ann Arbor and according to ESPN Insider Travis Haney source, Les Miles could be headed to his alma mater.

“If Michigan does open again, either this year or next, one trusted college football source suggested that LSU coach Les Miles could finally head home to his alma mater. “I’ll bet that’s where he goes and retires,” the source said.”

Miles has been rumored to coaching vacancies at his alma mater where he was an offensive lineman under Bo Schembechler, a grad assistant from 1980-1981 and offensive line coach from 1987-1994 before the Wolverines hired Rich Rodriguez and then again before they hired Brady Hoke.

We all remember this in 2007, right? I mean how can you not?!

I think the only job Miles would leave LSU for would be the Michigan job, but I’d only put that at about 10 percent at best. I just think there isn’t enough money for him to pick up and leave LSU.

In fact, in 2011 he turned down the job, was offered more money, then turned down the job again to only get a new contract with LSU, according to Glenn Guilbeau, Gannett Louisiana. Clearly Michigan wants Les, but does Les want Michigan at this stage of his career?

That decision may have been easier to make in 2007 when Lloyd Carr retired, but with a potential No. 1 recruiting class coming to Baton Rouge that likely includes once-in-a-decade type Leonard Fournette it wouldn’t appear to make sense to leave now or in the next couple years should Hoke be fired.

Picking up and leaving to go to Michigan at this stage of his career would be too much of an undertaking and would not give him the path to a national title that coaching at LSU does. Furthermore, considering the fertile recruiting ground that Louisiana has to offer to consistently stock the roster with NFL talent is too much to give up.

Miles turned 60 earlier this month and has been at LSU since 2005, so while the appeal of “coming home” may have some lure to the 2007 National Champion, LSU is his home now and should be the place he retires.