LSU Football: Les Miles’ only option if he wants to remain at the FBS level

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Former LSU football head coach Les Miles will never be an FBS head coach again.

Miles, who was the head coach at LSU from 2005-2016, is out as the head coach at Kansas, a position he had held since 2019.

Kansas and Miles agreed to part ways on Monday after a report was released last week that detailed accusations of inappropriate behavior toward female students during Miles’ time at LSU.

Miles is 67 and wasn’t a highly sought-after head coach after he was fired at LSU. He’s basically unhirable now as a head coach at the FBS level. He probably wouldn’t be hired at the FCS level, either.

And I also don’t see him landing a coordinator gig anywhere (not that it would be wise to hire Miles, a coach who hasn’t been a coordinator since 1997, anyway).

At this point, Miles has two options. He can simply step away from the game (which would be the best choice), or he can try to hang on as an FBS assistant.

If he chooses to try to stick around, he really only has one option.

Les Miles’ only option to remain a coach at the FBS level

The only way I see Miles working in FBS college football next year is if he lands as an analyst at Alabama under Nick Saban.

Saban loves utilizing former head coaches in analyst roles — especially coaches that have a troubled history.

For Miles, this wouldn’t be an attempt to “rehab” his image. For one, I don’t think that’s possible after the report that was released. And I also don’t see any reason a program would want to hire Miles even without the report (he was 3-18 as the head coach at Kansas). Miles’ time as a head coach has passed.

But if he truly loves college football and wants to stick around, this would likely be his only chance (I don’t think he’ll be getting any TV offers either).

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Whatever happens, one thing is certain — we’ll never see Les Miles as a head coach at a Power-5 school again.