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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Les Miles Clock Management Team

January 5th, 2011
6:00 pm

The food and women aren’t quite as tasty in Ann Arbor as in Baton Rouge but we are getting kind of tired of all that heat and humidity and all those rednecks…


January 5th, 2011
6:01 pm


Why would anyone care how many players Alabama signs? Bama adheres to the same NCAA mandated standards as every other school. They can’t really help it if the best players desperately want to play there. When has Tony written anything about Alabama anyway? He’s a Georgia homer.


January 5th, 2011
6:02 pm

@Les Miles Clock Management Team

If you think that you can escape rednecks by going North, then I know you’ve never been to Ohio or Michigan. ;-)

Cecil Newton

January 5th, 2011
6:05 pm

Just wanted to update everyone. I’m rolling into Glendale but I think I’m going to make a quick sidetrip to Tempe in my Escalade to pick up some shorties and blow for some real BCS partying- bought and paid for by my friends at Auburn. I love y’all!

Les Miles Clock Management Team

January 5th, 2011
6:07 pm

Good point Huh?, although, I believe up there they call them hicks- but same difference!

Ohio Pride

January 5th, 2011
6:07 pm


January 5th, 2011
6:08 pm

Pop… Coke

Hick… Redneck

Yep… Same difference!


January 5th, 2011
6:09 pm

Auburn… Ohio State



January 5th, 2011
6:13 pm

Stars… Asterisks

It’s all good!

War Eagle!!!

January 5th, 2011
6:15 pm

War Eagle, fly through da hood
Ain’t got no classes, grades still be good
War Eagle, pays more than State
Sign up and don’t be late
Go! Go! Go!
Probation, comin’ again
Hit ‘em late, Hit ‘em late,
Clam up and spin, Hey!
War Eagle, cheat for Auburn,
Stepchild of Dixie Land!


January 5th, 2011
6:16 pm


I posted this before but the links I included held it up for moderation so now without the links…

I can name 20 LSU players in the NFL alone, including three in the top 10 just three years ago. Where did you get those numbers?

I agree that Blowhio State churns out a good many defensive NFL players, but I know for a fact that Miami is number one and Tennessee is number 2. You guys had a monster haul in 2004 which skews the totals somewhat. LSU had the largest percentage of draftees go in the first round though I’m not sure if that means anything.

Being a Saints fan, I do say thank you for Will Smith and Malcolm Jenkins. The Patriots are full of LSU Tigers – how has that worked out for them?

So, since 1999, the schools with the most draft picks

1. Miami
2. Tennessee
3. Ohio State
4. Georgia
5. Florida State
6. Texas
7. USC
8. Michigan
9. Florida
10. Purdue (who knew?)
11. Notre Dame
12. Virginia Tech
13. LSU
14. Nebraska
15. Wisconsin

The top conference? SEC

The Southeastern Conference has consistently had the most NFL players. In the 2007 season, the SEC had 263 players on NFL rosters. The ACC had 238 players, Big Ten 234 players, Pac-10 183 players, Big 12 176 players and Big East 84 players. That is the most recent year I could find numbers on.

4 dead in ohio

January 5th, 2011
6:20 pm


Why waste your time? Karl admits that he got the hell out of Ohio at his first opportunity, but getting the Ohio out of Karl is a lost cause. Facts are merely a nuisance to him.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
6:33 pm

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
6:35 pm

@Stephen – It takes real talent to craft questions where the answer is always “the SEC.” Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Ohio State 31 – SEC Powerhouse 26. Take a suck of that, bitches.

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
7:16 pm

Let’s look at a couple of playoff teams and their conference breakdowns:

Steelers Roster by Conference

Big Ten_____9
Big East____2
Sun Belt____1
Div II_______1

Falcons Roster by Conference

Big Ten_____9
Big East____3
Big Sky_____3*

Div II______2



January 5th, 2011
7:30 pm

OSU is the Champion of the Big10.

Why then, aren’t they even playing one of the SEC’s Division Champions, much less the overall Conference Champion?

You can pick and choose time-frames and stats all you want, but your Champion has never beaten our Champion. You still haven’t. You guys get inflated marks against the SEC the same way the SEC gets inflated marks against your conferences. You schedule a lot of games against the Vandys and Kentuckys while we in the SEC schedule the Northwesterns and the Michigan States. In head-to-head post-season competition between the Conference Champions, the SEC rules the Big 10.

If you desire a specific team-to-team comparison, then The University of Alabama, for instance, has a superior football program to that of the Ohio State University. Had you played Alabama, rather than Arkansas in The Sugar Bowl, then I suspect that much would now be evident.

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
7:30 pm

Dave Brandon, the Michigan AD is the former CEO of Domino’s.


January 5th, 2011
7:32 pm

Okay… But what does that have to do with the price of Pizza?

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
7:36 pm

This nonsense has got to stop.

Death to the BCS.

16-team playoffs (conference champs and wild cards.)

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
7:36 pm

Papa John might get an offer as AD somewhere.

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
7:37 pm

By the way, “Godfather”, that was funny!

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
7:40 pm

“John Harbaugh, the coach of the Baltimore Ravens and the brother of Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh, said on his radio show: “I think the Michigan thing is done now. I think that’s over. I don’t think he’s going to have anything to do with that.” NYTimes

Playoffs for All !!!

January 5th, 2011
7:43 pm

Only thing is… If the same guys who now run the BCS and the NCAA run the Playoffs the same way… Then what’s really different?

Playoffs for All !!!

January 5th, 2011
7:46 pm

Michigan’s troubles are far deeper than the HC position. Harbaugh caught lightning in a bottle this year. He’s a smart guy. He’ll strike while the iron’s hot, and he’ll get a much better offer than Michigan.

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
7:50 pm

The BCS is the problem. All the NCAA has to do is host the playoffs. I remember when the NCAA basketball tournament was 16 teams. By the way, the NIT is now a subsidiary of the NCAA, so perhaps the NCAA can host an invitational “tournament” (bowl games) for the schools that don’t make the playoffs.

Playoffs for All !!!

January 5th, 2011
7:52 pm

I don’t believe that Stanford would have beaten VA Tech during the regular season. Beamer’s teams rarely (if ever) perform well after this much time off.

Playoffs for All !!!

January 5th, 2011
7:53 pm

1 2 4 8 16 32 64 …

Playoffs for All !!!

January 5th, 2011
7:55 pm

Start The Playoffs© on September 3. 128 teams.

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
7:56 pm

“(Brandon) conceded that the candidate many alumni and fans had been clamoring for, Jim Harbaugh, a former Michigan quarterback who had just coached Stanford to its best season in modern history, was most likely headed to the N.F.L. instead. NYTimes

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
7:58 pm

That is the right formula; all Div 1a schools have a shot.

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
8:02 pm

It is really dumb to play for 12 or 13 weeks, and then wait anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 weeks to play the next game.

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
8:08 pm

Some folks on the other blog are dissatisfied with Mark Richt’s comments. See what you can make of the Michigan AD’s comments:

““There’s a thought of getting a defensive-minded everything,” he said. “I want the ball boys to be defensive minded.”

Being a pizza mogul doesn’t seem to translate into capabilities of an AD.

Playoffs for All !!!

January 5th, 2011
8:34 pm

I want the cheerleaders to take Karate classes. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Dee Fence!!!

Playoffs for All !!!

January 5th, 2011
8:45 pm

I would reduce the regular season to 10 games and require each team to take 2 bye weeks during the regular season. Start the playoffs 2 weeks after the regular season ends. Wind it all up on New Year’s Day.

Yee Haw !!!


January 5th, 2011
9:05 pm

I hope Coach Miles stays at LSU. Players love him. Many of us alum love his “mad hatter” ways (he’s FUN)! Moreover, Les Miles WINS in Bayou Land …

Rank Em

January 5th, 2011
9:14 pm

What would the BCS Rankings be if they were updated now?
Why aren’t they?
Would TCU move up to Number 2?

BCS Rankings at the End of the Regular Season

1 Auburn 13-0 Plays Oregon
2 Oregon 12-0 Plays Auburn
3 TCU 12-0 Defeated Wisconsin 21-19
4 Stanford 11-1 Defeated Virginia Tech 40-12
5 Wisconsin 11-1 Lost 21-19 to TCU
6 Ohio State 11-1 Defeated Arkansas 31-26
7 Oklahoma 11-2 Defeated Connecticut 48-20
8 Arkansas 10-2 Lost 31-26 to OSU
9 Michigan State 11-1 Lost 49-7 to Alabama
10 Boise State 11-1 Defeated Utah 26-3
11 LSU 10-2 Plays Texas A&M
12 Missouri 10-2 Lost 27-24 to Iowa
13 Virginia Tech 11-2 Lost 40-12 to Stanford
14 Oklahoma State 10-2 Defeated Arizona 36-10
15 Nevada 12-1 Plays Boston College
16 Alabama 9-3 Defeated Michigan State 49-7
17 Texas A&M 9-3 Plays LSU
18 Nebraska 10-3 Lost 19-7 to Washington
19 Utah 10-2 Lost 26-3 to BSU
20 South Carolina 9-4 Lost 26-17 to FSU
21 Mississippi State 8-4 Defeated Michigan 52-14
22 West Virginia 9-3 Lost 40-12 to Stanford
23 Florida State 9-4 Defeated South Carolina 26-17
24 Hawaii 10-3 Lost 62-35 to Tulsa
25 UCF 10-3 Defeated Georgia 10-6


January 5th, 2011
10:34 pm

Rank Em,

I believe the Top 8 will be like this no matter what happens with the rest of the bowl games:

1. Auburn/Oregon winner
2. TCU
3. Auburn/Oregon loser
4. Stanford
5. Ohio St
6. Oklahoma
7. Wisconsin
8. Boise St

I stopped here because LSU still has to play in the Cotton Bowl and would likely be 9th with a win.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
10:42 pm

@Slingblade – Some people call it a Kaiser Blade, I call it a sling blade. Ohio State would have beaten Alabama like a dog. The closest team the SEC has to Ohio State is Auburn. Same type of QB 6′6″ – 235 lbs., but with a much better defense. Alabama was overrated from day one of the pre-season polls. The Ohio State University doesn’t duck anyone but the teams of the SEC sure do.

What you don’t understand is that the SEC has been irrelevant until very recently. The Rose Bowl is the “grand-daddy of all bowls” and it matched the PAC-10 champion against the Big Ten champion for years and years and nobody paid attention to the SEC except people who thought black people should drink from separate drinking fountains than white people.

To paraphrase the words of Moe Green ‘the Big Ten was making its bones while the SEC was going out with cheerleaders.” Now, I’ve had a lovely day beating up on “y’all” intellectually and now I have to go to bed. I leave you with one thought and that is, The Ohio State University 31 – SEC 26. Take a suck of that, bitches. Soo-eet dreams.

Gen Neyland

January 5th, 2011
11:45 pm

OSU lets it’s guys play and the NCAA gets a pat on the back for ‘creative enforcement’..? Let’s say I robbed a bank, got busted and sentenced to 10-20 but the judge lets me stay home and raise my 2 year old to the age of majority before I begin my sentence. He11 yeah…

David Granger

January 6th, 2011
12:28 am

Don’t know…but if I were Michigan, Harbaugh would be my first phone call.

Top Dawg

January 6th, 2011
6:54 am

It would be a mistake AND a demotion to go from LSU to Michigan.


January 6th, 2011
7:20 am

I’m an old fart. I remember when the Crimson Tide ruled the Rose Bowl as well — but you guys stopped inviting them, because you couldn’t compete. You still can’t compete with the best.

And… You still haven’t beaten our Champion. You didn’t even beat our runner-up.

Suck on that fool!

Arthur Redding, Jr.

January 6th, 2011
7:37 am

* I’ve come to like Les Miles. He’s spontaneous, genuine, has a real sense of humor . . . . He’s also been about the luckiest coach I’ve seen. More than a few footballs have bounced the right way for him. And to top it off, he may finally have a true quarterback in Zack Mettenburger. Would he go to Michigan? You got me–but he may be doing LSU a favor if he does leave.

** Ohio State beat the 4th best team in the SEC. Barely. And would someone tell me why Petrino called a pass with less than a yard to go when Arkansas was inside Ohio State’s 5-yard line? What’s wrong with the old quarterback sneak? Didn’t anybody watch Bart Starr win the game with a QB sneak against Dallas in that frigid weather about a century ago?

Mark Richt’s refusal to go for it with 4th and inches to go on the 2-and-a-half yard line after the offense just marched 95 yards on UGA’s first drive infuriated me. Way too conservative for a 6-6 team playing UCF in the fricking Liberty Bowl. Those 3 points on UGA’s field goal were very expensive in terms of much needed spirit for the players. Would UGA’s new AD please hire Paul Johnson to tutor Mark Richt on when to take risks.

After this season, does anybody have respect for the NCAA anymore? Talk about inconsistency with rules enforcement. Would somebody please put the NCAA rules enforcement team on probation.


January 6th, 2011
7:43 am

I am afraid that 2010 will be remembered as the year that the NCAA killed college football.

May it RIP…

Doug the Jacket

January 6th, 2011
8:04 am

Gone! The LSU fan base doesn’t appreciate the coach.

Rank Em

January 6th, 2011
8:05 am


This ain’t a pre-season poll. You aren’t required to include Boise.

Bleu and Maze

January 6th, 2011
8:17 am

@Doug the Jacket

Robbie Caldwell is available. His team gave Northwestern all they wanted in the season opener.

He may not want the job, but Michigan should at least talk to him.

Gomer Pyle

January 6th, 2011
8:33 am

Cobb Dawg

January 6th, 2011
8:35 am

I think I’m starting to see CMR’s main problem. Having grown up in the “Florida systems” (Miami and FSU) and practically raised under Bowden, he saw recruiting one-dimensionally. You get the biggest, fastest, and most athletic, with no regard to character. So you get kids in school who, while they could help your football team, sometimes, or usually, don’t. And when you get a superstar like, say, A.J. Green, he makes some spectacular catches, but has he made you a better team overall? Then you look at Gary Patterson’s TCU team. They have a roster full of good, hard-working kids who are coached up to believe that they are better than they really are. Which scenario is more effective. I think CMR takes the lazier approach and that keeps him in hot water. My advise would be to get good players who are of solid character and coach them up. They’ll stay in school, out of trouble, and will be productive. Throw in a couple of stars, also of good character (there are some), and you have a chance, year-in-and-year-out, to contend for a championship. What he’s doing now recruiting-wise, is obviously not working.

j kocan

January 6th, 2011
8:37 am

At least you are consistent Tony. Typical ignorant SEC Conference garbage. Judge and belittle some kids for a mistake yet your conference has two programs leading the nation in arrests (UGA & UF), every program has been on ncaa probation except for Vandy. And now your champion has a qb who was shopped to the highest bidder. Keep spewing your garbage. You are not Mr. college football since you know nothing or try to educate yourself about anything outside of your criminal conference. Arkansas was the hottest team in the SEC down the stretch but beat and if were not for some awful officiating that would have been a 3 touchdown blow out. Stay in the deep south as your act won’t work anywhere else. Didn’t y’all just lose to UCF?