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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Huh?

January 5th, 2011
10:14 am

The Big East will destroy TCU just like the ACC destroyed Miami and FSU. Playing against weak competition doesn’t build a quality football program. The Big Least will be dropped from AQ status sooner, rather than later. The ACC should receive the same consideration.

carter

January 5th, 2011
10:16 am

Fan of the game –

What? You mean to tell me that you have never heard of a criminal facing a judge and getting sentence to 5 years in prison, and the judge tells him “but before you serve, you be sure and take those vacations to Vegas and Miami that you mentioned and just report back here in 6 months to start your time?”

carter

January 5th, 2011
10:17 am

Huh? –

I get what you are saying, but the Big Easy isn’t as cursed as the ACC. The ACC is a diseased invested sewer where good programs and coaches go to die.

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:17 am

Miami and FSU destroyed themselves with weak coaching.

While I do agree that playing better competition makes you better, the opposite is not necessarily true. For instance, USC plays in a relatively weak conference but their national dominance in the 2000s can’t be disputed.

While it’s debatable whether the Big East is better than the MWC, it’s certainly not much worse.

JDawg

January 5th, 2011
10:18 am

$5 Million for a football coach? $62 Million for a second baseman?

I thought we were in a recession . . .

mex

January 5th, 2011
10:19 am

OSU is like Yech in the sense they have some of the dumbest athletes imaginable. Their “victory” last night is null and void to any fan that realizes they played guys that had no business even being dressed out, let alone on the field.

JB

January 5th, 2011
10:19 am

Ramble….You don’t have a clue what Gary Patterson would do or not do, and I don’t either.
You don’t know what drives a man. Maybe he would like to test HIS TALENTS in the SEC, and Georgia would be a good place to do it. Stop the Hate for 2 seconds and think outside of a TECHIE’S head. Hate us or the SEC, the SEC IS the place. It’s where the MEN are. It’s where you are measured as a coach. Hate it, believe or not, it’s true. You don’t know what a 6 year, 5 mil offer will do to a man, a human. Georgia is RIPE for the taking. My two business partners are Techies, I understand the hate, the envy, But UGA will attract a coach of success, and unlike you, we have the MONEY to do IT !

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:19 am

Ditto for FSU in the ACC in the 90s and Miami in the Big East in the 80s and 90s.

Relatively weak conferences, but those teams were dominant at a national level.

mex

January 5th, 2011
10:21 am

Look, even just a good team that plays a crapfest of a schedule can still show up and beat what is perceived to be a superior team one day out of the year. Look at Boise/OK from a few years back. Look at TCU/Wisconsin this year.

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:21 am

JB,
You think too highly of your team and your conference. I am not spewing hate and certainly not envy, just being reasonable.

Unless the money is way better, why would you leave the situation he has at TCU for the one at UGA?

A better recruiting state and a much easier road to the BCS every year…seems like an easy decision to me.

What??

January 5th, 2011
10:22 am

And as for Fairley, I’m not even worried about him. His overrated fat azz will be sucking wind by the start of the 2nd quarter against that Oregon offense. He will be a non-factor, kind of like he was against UGA except for the late hits. The SEC is down this year and Auburn’s one trick pony show benefitted from it

I guess you missed the LSU game and the Iron Bowl? He was running through double teams well into the second half! 2.5 sacks vs LSU and 2 against Bama. Yeah the SEC is down they only had 5 teams in the Top 10 at one point this year. The SEC EAST WAS DOWN but not the West man you are clueless….

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:24 am

Some people have the ability to be rational and not just blind homers, JB.

I’m not saying UGA is not a good position for a head coach. It is. In my eyes it’s a top 10 or at least a top 20 job in the nation. It’s certainly a MUCH better position than head coach at Tech, and I readily admit this. But for Patterson, who is already a legend at his own school, it does not make sense.

Mr Natural

January 5th, 2011
10:26 am

Re Astropig:

I’m with you about Ron Franklin. I like what he brought to Saturday night college football on ESPN. I’m sure he will show up on another network somewhere. In the meantme, I’m sure ESPN will find some ex-jock analyst wannabe to take his place.

McDawg

January 5th, 2011
10:28 am

Rich Rod can’t even get fired w/o it being a completely weird and screwed up affair-

JDawg

January 5th, 2011
10:28 am

The great coaches have great, big egos. PJ was a legend at Navy, but he hauled his ass to Atlanta soon as he got a chance.

They want to prove themselves on a bigger stage.

Bama in Atlanta

January 5th, 2011
10:28 am

All I have to say is “Thanks Rich Rodriguez for not taking the Bama HC job before we hired Saban!”

Bart

January 5th, 2011
10:29 am

I’d go if the price were right. The LSU fans don’t seem to have a lot of “love” for Miles, so yes, given the right set of incentives, I would go.

FALCONS#1

January 5th, 2011
10:30 am

Even though OSU is overrated nearly every year and wanted to see them get pummeled by yet another SEC team, I had great pleasure in the close-up look on Petrino’s face as the time ticked off the clock!!!

285exp

January 5th, 2011
10:31 am

I’m sure all those Louisiana athletes that help balance out Les Miles’ coaching gaffs will start signing with Michigan instead.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:31 am

Ramble,

Where you are missing the boat is in the commonsense department. Do you know why the SEC gets props (and it’s only been for the past 5 years mind you, loooong overdue) is because the “perception” is that they are the best. This is a game that depends solely on other people voting for you. If UGA plays a schedule against 2 -4 top 10 teams every year, and actually wins, they have a much better chance of getting those ever-so-important top two BCS positions. If Tech plays nothing but unranked teams every year and does well, who cares. You should want your conference to do well for Tech’s sake. Teams benefit tremendously from playing in a conference that is respected. I suspect you are probably fully aware of all this but just have to spin it since your conference is cow dung, but please, at least don’t project to be so naive.

Carlton

January 5th, 2011
10:32 am

The last Conference the NCAA would want to help would be the SEC in regard to the Cam Newton situation. They made Marcel Dareus sit, made AJ Green sit, suspended Cam for one day before reinstating him, allowed Free Tattoo U to play their guys last night against an SEC team so Ohio State could get that ever-elusive win (even though OSU almost lost anyway). The NCAA set up the BCS a decade ago largely to help the Big 10 and Pac 10 get to the championship every year (since they didn’t have to play for a Conference Championship at the end of the year), and now that the SEC has dominated every bit of college football, the NCAA will do anything to stop the SEC from continuing dominance.

Hey, just the facts..

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:32 am

JDawg,
I agree, but the difference is Navy was not an AQ school. TCU now is.

I obviously don’t know for a fact that Patterson wouldn’t leave TCU for UGA, but I can make a reasonable case that he wouldn’t.

I’m not sure he’s the best candidate anyway.

I’d try for Petersen instead. He does just as much as Patterson with even less talent. And Petersen would be crazy to turn down UGA.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:33 am

Falcons #1,

Indeed. I despise OSU and their mythical greatness as well, but seeing Petrino have a victory ripped from his grasp was well worth it to me.

GTBob

January 5th, 2011
10:33 am

Will SEC fans quit saying the SEC is not down, only the SEC east is down? Do you guys realize how stupid you sound when you say that? I’m not sure if you guys realize it but the SEC east is part of the SEC. The SEC is one team hive mind that you all have is stupid already but to pick and choose who counts when it is convenient to you is just childish.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:34 am

GTBob,

Why are you arguing reality? The SEC East was horrible this year, while the West was very, very good.

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:34 am

Good grief,
Nope, still don’t really care. I do generally pull for ACC teams because of what you are talking about, but I still won’t pull for VT, Miami, or Clemson. I hate those teams, and no beauty contest ratings system will change my mind of that.

We will get a playoff system one of these days and none of this will no longer matter.

BAMA dude

January 5th, 2011
10:35 am

Les Miles in Michigan? I guess I could see it. I have heard that Brady Hoke is a frontrunner too.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:37 am

Sadly since OSU is ESPN’s darling they will make sure every voter in America gives the Suckeyes a preseason top 2 ranking for at least the next 5 years. It doesn’t matter if they go 2-10 next season, the following year they will yet again be a preseason top 2 team and all the Little 11 homers in the media will point to this “victory” as their reasoning for putting them there again and again.

Carlton

January 5th, 2011
10:38 am

OSU in ATL has lost it. Hey man, can you tell me some of these players they have from Texas off the top of your head and without using Wiki? Can you even name half the starters on your team? (I’ll give you a hint-4 of them were technically ineligible last night).

Ohio State sucks, they always have and always will. After they got schelacked by TWO different SEC teams in consecutive years, I can understand how they can be bitter. And the NFC East? Oh sh*t, we have a meat head Giants or Eagles fans on our hands now too.

Last thing OSU-Herschel was better than Archie, and in only 3 years. How’s that make you feel?

UGAX

January 5th, 2011
10:38 am

Here it is Wednesday and we STILL haven’t fired MIKE BOBO and/or MARK RICHT. What gives?. Surely we wont be stuck with them again next year, will we?.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:39 am

Ramble,

Well you should care, but whatever you say. Yes, if there were a playoff system then none of the conference stuff would matter, I totally agree with that. But as a realist here in the present, I most certainly want every SEC team to win every out of conference game for the sake of my Dawgs.

GTBob

January 5th, 2011
10:40 am

@Good grief,

I’m not arguing reality. The reality is that the SEC east was horrible and the SEC West was pretty good. Add horrible and pretty good and you get an average overall conference. You don’t get to just ignore half of the conference because you feel like it. If SEC fans are going to keep riding the coattails of the conference then they have to ride the whole conference. Not just Auburn and Alabama.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:41 am

I have a couple of buddies that are diehard Little 11 fans that hate the SEC as much as Ramble does, but even they aren’t bragging about OSU winning last night since they know it was BS that those players played.

JDawg

January 5th, 2011
10:43 am

UGAX,

Sadly we are stuck with Bobo. I had hoped McGarity would have made the decision for Richt. If they would just demote Bobo and go raid the NFL for a true OC, most UGA fans would get excited for next season.

The defense did and will continue to improve, I think. I happen to like our hard-ass DC.

Our special teams were head and shoulders better than ‘09.

Bobo is just not capable of game planning and in-game adjustments vs today’s SEC defenses.

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:43 am

Don’t hate the SEC, just hate the piggybacking GTBob is referring to.

Crappy teams still thump their chests cuz of conference success.

A turd in a golden toilet is still just a turd.

SEC Elite

January 5th, 2011
10:43 am

@ rambleon84 and gtbob:

When was the last time an ACC team was in the National Championship game?

Nuff Said…Shut your trap!!!

UGA Insider

January 5th, 2011
10:45 am

UGAX,

CMR already said in his presser this morning that Mike Bobo would continue to lead the UGA offense and the only change that would be made this year would be that he will start watching more game film. I hope you feel better now.

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:45 am

And there is a prime example of one of these losers. A screenname like “SEC Elite” is just pathetic…is every SEC team your favorite team?

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:46 am

Pretty good? Yeah, ask the 3 Little 11 teams that bounded on Saturday if they think they were only “pretty good.” Miss. St., Ark and of course Auburn are all 3 far better than they were last year. Obviously Bama slipped some, but still there is another SEC West team playing for the title. The power has shifted to the West the past couple of years. But to say the West is just “pretty good” isn’t being honest.

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:48 am

SEC West this year is the best division in football without a doubt…the East was mediocre.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:49 am

Ramble,

Obviously I can’t speak for every SEC fan, but I have explained to you my reasoning for wishing the SEC well out of conference, and it’s solely for tactical purposes only for my own team. But you are kidding yourself if you think a diehard Bama fan is going to wear Auburn gear just because they want to keep the national title in the state. Or a UF fan is going to be wearing purple and gold just because they want LSU to win the Cotton.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:49 am

Ramble,

The East was horrible. I’ll say it for you.

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
10:53 am

Good grief,
You are not the type of person I am railing on here. Like I said, I obviously understand the logic. Personally I wanted the ACC teams to perform well because the crappy performance of ACC teams in bowls has led to an AWFUL selection of bowl tie-ins. Not a single ACC team on Jan 1. And since I hope and expect Tech to rebound next year, I want some better bowl selections.

But at the end of the day, I won’t pull for Miami, VT, or Clemson. And I certainly wouldn’t chant “A-C-C” if one of them won a game. Luckily none of them won their bowls and that does make me a little happy, but the fact that we lost to Air Force still sticks in my craw.

GTBob

January 5th, 2011
10:54 am

The SEC West is very good. Is that better? No wait, they are the best thing since sliced bread. Is that ok? Its all semantics and doesn’t change my point. You have two divisions in your conference. Unless you guys want to start chanting “SEC West” and claiming how amazing your division is then you have to take the good with the bad. Maybe one day you will actually just chant your teams name like the rest of the fans in college football.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 5th, 2011
10:54 am

My rankings after most of the bowls
1. Auburn
2. TCU
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Ohio St
6. Oklahoma
7. Oklahoma St
8. Alabama
9. Boise St

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
10:56 am

Now now Bob, it’s not my fault you play in a high school conference. I’ve heard the ACC chant more times than I can count. So don’t throw stones from your glass house, bub.

SEC Elite

January 5th, 2011
10:57 am

BCS Rankings: Top 25

SEC – 6 teams
ACC – 2 teams

Need I say more?

We can go back for the last 10 years if you want? Any ACC takers, or are you just full of Sh*t?

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
11:00 am

So not only are you a fan of an entire conference, but you also make internet threats and challenges?

Sounds like a winner to me.

cry me a river

January 5th, 2011
11:03 am

Why oh why does no one want any of UGA’s coaches???

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
11:03 am

Ramble,

I just have to say it again, schematically you really should want your conference to do well out of conference. Until we get a playoff (which I doubt will ever happen) for the sake of your team you need for the ACC to at least be perceived as competitive to the voters.