Rich Rod is out. Will Michigan go after Les Miles again?

Congratulations to The Ohio State University for beating Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl and posting its first win over an SEC team in a bowl game. It has been duly noted that thanks to the creative enforcement of the NCAA,  Terrelle Pryor and the rest of the Ohio State Five made their contributions to the victory and we salute you for it. College football  looks forward to having each and every one of  you back for the 2011 season, when you will serve your five-game suspension. (Regular readers of this blog may insert their well wishes here.)

Wait a minute Tony, you SEC shill. Isn’t Auburn’s Cameron Newton playing in the national championship game Monday night because of  the same inexplicable NCAA enforcement process?

Nope. I’ll explain on Thusday but today I want to talk about something fun.

And oh my goodness, this has a chance to be fun.

Michigan finally announced Wednesday morning that coach Rich Rodriguez has been fired.

There is no doubt that Michigan’s No. 1 choice is Stanford’ Jim Harbaugh but it sounds like he is not interested in returning to his alma mater

So if Harbaugh stays at Stanford or goes to the NFL, does Michigan take another run at at LSU’s Les Miles?

Miles was an offensive guard for Bo Schembechler from 1973-75. Randy Rosetta of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate reports that Miles played one of those seasons with Brandon, who was a backup quarterback for Michigan and went on to make a fortune in the pizza business.

It’s pretty clear that a lot of the lettermen and alumni want a “Michigan man” back in charge of the program.

Remember that on Championship Saturday, 2007, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit reportered that Miles was headed back to Michigan. Just hours before the SEC Championship game in Atlanta LSU called a press conference and Miles angrily denied the report and said he was staying put. Miles  became a member of the YouTube Hall of Fame that day when he told us to “Have A Great Day.” Then his LSU team went on to win the SEC championship and the National Championship.

Miles was bumped up to a salary of $3.751 million (one thousand more than Nick Saban) the following year) and he stayed at LSU.

But since the national championship in 2007 Miles has caught more than his fair share of grief. After some of the time management gaffes of 2009 and the continuing struggles on offense, a lot of LSU people wanted this guy gone. For about 90 seconds, when it appeared LSU had lost to Tennessee back in October, it appeared Miles was done at LSU.

Miles just pulls one escape after another and this season he beat Alabama, won 10 games, and has the Tigers in Friday’s Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M.

So if Michigan offers, would he be tempted to go this time?

A word of advice for the Michigan athletics director. If you really want the LSU coach you really only have to say two things to him:’

1) We would like the priviledge of  paying you $5 million per year to coach our football team.

2) Michigan needs you.  Bo would want you to come home and get us back to the Rose Bowl.

I think that would do it. Les Miles might just decide it is time to move on from the weekly insanity that is the SEC. And even if he stays in Baton Rouge, the process would be a really entertaining thing to watch.

If you were Les Miles and your alma called, would you go?

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509 comments Add your comment

AngryBullDawgFan

January 5th, 2011
7:48 am

TB,

My hunch is that while Les might seriously consider it he will slowly back away from taking the job. I think Michigan has other big issues right now.

wesleywhatwhat

January 5th, 2011
7:56 am

“tony barnhart – sec shill”

isn’t that what it says on his business cards?

UGASlobberknocker

January 5th, 2011
7:56 am

If I were Miles I would take a Michigan offer in about 2 seconds. The LSU fans have never embraced him..why not go back to his alma mater? The bigger question is ..has Miles coached himself out of contention with Mich.because of his kamikaze style.

Loyd Carr

January 5th, 2011
7:57 am

Miles won’t get it if I have any say so!

Jay

January 5th, 2011
7:58 am

And oh, by the way, does anyone really seriously think that Terrelle Pryor and the other draft-eligible Buckeyes who are “suspended” for the start of next season WON’T declare for the draft, pre-game “promises” notwithstanding?

wesleywhatwhat

January 5th, 2011
7:59 am

les miles got lucky getting the lsu job. anyone watching the games can see that his game time skills are lacking.

after seeing him “coach” the past few years, i doubt michigan wants any part of him.

why follow one overmatched coach (richrod) with another?

Jeff

January 5th, 2011
8:00 am

What a joke the NCAA is….Ohio State and Jim Tressel are just as much of a joke……we need to call the NCAA what they are- nothing more than dirt on the floor with a clear agenda for some schools. That this is allowed to go on shows you what college football has become.

Joe D.

January 5th, 2011
8:01 am

Beating Arkansas doesn’t count as a win over an SEC team…They are somewhere in between the SWC, Big 12 and SEC…A true hybrid.

wesleywhatwhat

January 5th, 2011
8:02 am

and for what it’s worth, only tony barnhart would pretend like the osu situation of players trading swag for discounted tattoos is even slightly comparable to NEWTON’S FAMILY SHOPPING A PLAYER TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

poor guy must have spent too much time in sec country. his moral compass always points south.

ga gator

January 5th, 2011
8:02 am

RYAN MALLETT=RYAN LEAF

All world talent but the 2nd worse headcase ever.

By the way Les Miles is as good as gone. He is underappreciated at LSU. He might be the luckiest coach in the NCAA, but he is an outstanding gameday coach.

Herschel Talker

January 5th, 2011
8:02 am

Tony:

You’re a clown for continuing to say that Mark Richt deserves to keep his job. I guess you’re just trying to rile things up, being a UGA alum. Get real dude.

HT

Herschel Walker

January 5th, 2011
8:03 am

he’s gone…he’ll take the Michigun job

82Dawg

January 5th, 2011
8:04 am

HT… still waiting on, who you want as coach at Georgia

wesleywhatwhat

January 5th, 2011
8:06 am

i second the clown opinion above: only a clown would suggest that les miles is worth $5 million a year.

do miles and barnhart share a time share or something?

Capt.HarryCane

January 5th, 2011
8:08 am

Don’t think it’s going to happen, Harbaugh or Miles. Frankly I don’t think it’s necessary. I like Michigan but am not one of the rabid group that never wanted RR here. RR had the only piece missing from his offense lined up, a potential superstar running back to keep defenses from keying on the QB, until the decommit due to the potential firing of RR. The defense has always been the problem. Fix the defense and this team gets lightyears better instantly. And guess what, one of the best defensive minds in the country is doing nothing right now. Michigan hires Randy Shannon and they not only fix their issues on defense, they get a pipeline directly into South Florida for recruiting. The only problem is that I have serious doubts that the Michigan AD is smart enough to figure this out.

StoneColdDawg

January 5th, 2011
8:08 am

I can see Miles going back home where he can feast on a weak conference with only 1 or 2 slightly tough games a year vs. the gauntlet known as the SEC.

Jim Tressell, if he trully was a man of integrity, should of sat the 5 suspended players for the Sugar Bowl and shown the nation he means business. But since it’s a business, he and the NCAA showed the money meant more than integrity with that meaningless penalty. At least 3 of the 5 WON’T be back next year. So much for the pledge they made to return.

luckeyes

January 5th, 2011
8:09 am

The Ohio State Univ wins with a * over SEC!

AUtoo

January 5th, 2011
8:11 am

May be adding the * after Monday night.Or is it already there?

innocent bystander

January 5th, 2011
8:14 am

What the announcer said during the game that they were the only team in the Big Ten who reminded him of an SEC team was because only an SEC team would play players who were of questionable ethics. TRESSEL IS READY TO BE AN SEC COACH!!

SimpleDawg

January 5th, 2011
8:14 am

Well, the Buckeyes can be proud of their finally winning a bowl game over a SEC team…..even if they used ineligible eligible players.

Of course, if Arkansas had not had a severe case of stage fright, the Buckeye victory would never have happened. Even Booby Putrid looked as if needed a couple of strong doses of Imodium…..and a cork.

Meechigan has a problem. They were positive that Harbaugh would jump at the chance to return to Big Blue as a savior……only to be told that he wasn’t leaving Stanford for anything but the NFL. Oops…..now what do we do? They couldn’t wait to fire Rich Rod; now they may be stuck with either him or a second…or third choice.

As for Miles, surely Meechigan wouldn’t make a second stupid hire….or would they? Miles won at LSU in spite of his coaching and game mismanagement.

Either way it is a shame to see a grand program flounder this way…..

OH yeah, Buk IZE

January 5th, 2011
8:17 am

Thank you, Arkansas Crimson Tide. I knew the SEC couldn’t hold out against Ohio State forever.

Kevin Greene

January 5th, 2011
8:17 am

The question not asked is “has ‘The Mad Hatter’ moniker made Les untouchable to any big time program?”

Saban Looks Like Willie B

January 5th, 2011
8:17 am

Actually Wesley there is a huge difference because no money ever changed hands in the Kenny Rogers scheme. If they shopped him “to the highest bidder” how come no one has come forward other than MSU boosters? There you go again making accusations when you don’t even know the facts of the case. In order to “shop someone around” there has to be more than 1 party who was asked for money. Since you know more than the NCAA does, where did the money go? They have pored over the Newton’s financial records and bank statements and can’t find anything. Let me guess, Cecil Newton opened a Swiss bank account to hide 200k? Or maybe you can come up with another wild conspiracy theory that I can debunk. Run quick Wesley I think I saw Cecil Newton on the grassy knoll!

in a nutshell

January 5th, 2011
8:17 am

Michigan sure as heck wont go after Mark Richt.

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January 5th, 2011
8:20 am

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Capt.HarryCane

January 5th, 2011
8:21 am

StoneColdDawg is right about Tressel. I hate the Buckheads with a passion but Tressel has always seemed to be a coach with honor. I always wished he was somewhere else where I could respect his work. Now, he’s shown his true colors by selling his honor for a win over the SEC. He knew damn well that this group’s pledges to come back in 2011 are worthless. At least 3 of them will renege on this pledge and Tressel will look like a fool to everyone but the blind faithful of the Buckhead nation. The problem is that by the beginning of next season no one will be saying much about it because ESPN is hand in hand with the BCS and the big money behind it. This issue gets muted by next season and the other networks will fall in line. Same for the Cam Newton situation.

Gator Mike

January 5th, 2011
8:21 am

Tony, thanks for the levity in today’s article. Most of us in the South do not care what happens at Michigan. Additionally, many LSU fans have not totally embraced Miles.
Has anyone heard anything about the alleged arrests of Pryor (OSU) while driving “loaner” cars from a Columbus, OH car dealer? If true, OSU may have more problems in the near future.
Happy New Year to everyone.

Pat Haden

January 5th, 2011
8:22 am

I’m wondering how you’re going to justify Cam Newton’s nonsuspension.

OSU in the ATL

January 5th, 2011
8:25 am

Best quote of the morning: “The Buckeyes players and the marching band cavorted on the Louisiana Superdome turf while OSU fans – a significant minority during the game – its fans serenaded the Razorbacks with a mock S-E-C! chant.” It’s just like ignorant SEC fans to lessen this win by making up wild claims (i.e. ARK is an SWC team). Ohio State is royalty of college football and can play with any team in the country every year. Now, out team proved it on the field. Go Bucks! S-E-C, S-E-C…ha, ha, ha, ha

BAMA

January 5th, 2011
8:27 am

The grass probably taste better in Louisiana than in Michigan. Who eats grass anyways ? I have known that some people that smoke it but Les Miles is the only person that I have saw eat it and he did it on national tv. Would you really want a coach that eats grass ?

Paul in RDU

January 5th, 2011
8:27 am

Michigan’s last 3 years under Carr – 7-5 11-2 9-4
Rich Rod’s 3 years – 3-9 5-7 7-6
Rich Rod is toast – poor record and the alumni hate him. UM would love to have Harbaugh but he’s likely going to the NFL. I expect them to make a run at Miles but who knows for sure.

Saban Looks Like Willie B

January 5th, 2011
8:28 am

Let me ask you this Wesley, since you seem to think you know everything. If your father or uncle, brother-in-law, or your cousin’s brother’s wife’s dog decides to accept cash or gifts for you to go to school without your knowledge, why should YOU be punished? You CANNOT control what others around you do! Maybe Cam knew, maybe he didn’t. Until you can prove that he knew, quit beating a dead horse and let’s talk some football.

gadawg0711

January 5th, 2011
8:28 am

I’m no expert in how to hide money but would think the easiest way is to accept cash and have no paper trail. So the NCAA can dig forever and they still won’t see anything. I can care less if Cecil Newton took money, which i would think he did since he was surely shopping his son. But if Cam didn’t know, he shouldn’t be punished. If they did it and got away with it, more power to them. The guys at OHU broke rules and had there punishment put off until next year so they would get to play in the bowl game. I have no doubt that without these guys, Arkansas wins going away. This was all about pleasing the bowl game and keeping the big name players on the field. NCAA is a freaking joke!

gadawg0711

January 5th, 2011
8:29 am

should be OSU, sorry

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Gatorzip 74

January 5th, 2011
8:30 am

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Les W. Moore

January 5th, 2011
8:30 am

I got nothing to say, today. Check back later.

Gatorzip 74

January 5th, 2011
8:32 am

Joe D.
You hit the nail on the head. Arky isn’t from the SEC and doesn’t play defense like a great SEC team. I say kick them out for losing to the Buckeyes and bring in FSU.

MB

January 5th, 2011
8:32 am

If you fail at your home school…..then you can never go back. Also Miles gets by on the talent he has. There is no way Michigan has recruited enough talent lately to make up for his mistakes. For all the games he won; Les Miles could be one of the worst game managers.

where does it end?

January 5th, 2011
8:33 am

We talking $5mil for a coach now?

Saban Looks Like Willie B

January 5th, 2011
8:33 am

Well “Pat Haden” let’s start with the fact that Auburn has not even been accused of anything yet! It’s quite the opposite, in order to justify suspending Cam, they would have to either prove that he knew about the PFP scheme, or that Auburn boosters provided extra benefits or cash. So far they have have proved neither, therefore Newton is eligible at AU.

Gatorzip 74

January 5th, 2011
8:35 am

OSU in ATL
You’re a fool for thinking that the Buckeyes could compete week in/week out in the SEC. Arky’s defense sucks and you still barely hung on for the win.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 5th, 2011
8:36 am

@OSU in the ATL, 1 win in ten tries doesn’t make OSU royalty, it makes them Ga Tech.

Bo Jackson

January 5th, 2011
8:36 am

I think Les will leave if he gets the offer. Well if Ohio has sat out those players and Ark won then it wouldnt really mean anything. So talking about it is really a moot point. I think Ark would rather have played Ohio’s full team that a weak partial team.
See yall Monday!!
Bo

Big Al

January 5th, 2011
8:37 am

Looking forward to Thursday and more rationalization.

MB

January 5th, 2011
8:37 am

Can someone name the last UGA football head coach to get another job in coaching after leaving UGA?

StoneColdDawg

January 5th, 2011
8:39 am

@ Pat Haden- Newton immediately became ineligible by NCAA and SEC rules by what was proven by the NCAA inquiry that Cecil solicited the play for pay deal at MSU. It only took a blind eye and a clear, purposeful “interpretation” of said rules all in the name of the almighty dollar to allow Cam to continue to play when he should have been benched. Nowhere in the rules does it say Cam had to know, so the SEC and NCAA came up with the “mitigating circumstances” line to give them the latitude to do the wrong thing.

Any justification by anyone that the NCAA ruling on this is correct shows how corrupt college football has become and that’s just sad.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 5th, 2011
8:39 am

@ MB, UGA is not a stepping stone job. Any other job would be a step down.

AuTigerAtl

January 5th, 2011
8:40 am

All the whining and excuses and false accusations and just plain silly crap that emanates from all you various “dawg” people is making me sick. If, if, if. Get over it. Here’s the only “if” that matters. If you’d scored more points than your opponents, you’d have won more games. But you didn’t. That’s the bottom line. Same with bammer. You didn’t. So lose all the garbage about stage freight, the silly conspiracy theories about the SEC commissioner dictating wins and losses. It’s silly. It’s stupid. It’s juvenile. Stop it! Now everybody, all together now. “WAR EAGLE!”

6 points and a cloud of Bobo

January 5th, 2011
8:40 am

THE Louisiana State University will keep Les Miles.