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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SEC Elite

January 5th, 2011
12:08 pm

Jimmy Bubby Bob,

Until you can compete in your own state, I’d say we’re done talking…

Not So Fast

January 5th, 2011
12:09 pm

Hey SEC: When The Oregon Ducks beat Auburn and the cheating *Scam Newton by 21 points, since Stanfords only loss was to the National Champions; don’t you agree the final rankings should be Oregon, Stanford, 1,2.

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
12:13 pm

@Carlton – I never said OSU had upstanding players, but according to the NCAA they are eligible players, and they did what Ohio State recruited them to do – play football.

Is “almost lost” a euphemism for “won?” I guess that means that the SEC school “almost won” then?

Archie Griffin (2) Heisman Trophys vs. Herschel Walker (1) Heisman Trophy. Herschel had 5,259 yards against weak SEC defenses that couldn’t stop Johnny Musso either.

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

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
12:16 pm

@SEC Elite – You’re hanging your hat on the 1990 Holiday Bowl? Get a life bitch.

Not So Fast

January 5th, 2011
12:17 pm

Hey SEC Elite:

Did you notice 4 PAC 10 schools in the top 25 of those rankings?

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/national-universities-rankings

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
12:24 pm

Bob,

I promise if the SEC had a parallel previous 10 years of football as the ACC they would not have signed that contract with ESPN. As you well know.

Matt

January 5th, 2011
12:24 pm

Les Miles is to LSU fand what RichRod was to Michigan fans – RichRod just failed to back into a BCS championship with Lloyd Carr’s old team. I think Les would take less money to go to UM, simply to avoid the headache of that insane fan base.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
12:26 pm

The Pac 10 and Big 10 have excellent academics, but just like how the only real student athletes in the SEC are at Vandy, and how the only real student athletes in the ACC are at Duke, same goes with each of those conferences. Only Stanford and Northwestern have legitimate student athletes.

ARdawg

January 5th, 2011
12:27 pm

Tony is a Gomer

Les is off the Michigan radar but could return if they get desperate enough. Don’t believe everything you hear about Harbaugh. He knows the games played and he isn’t stupid. With a tempting enough contract he’d gladly coach at Michigan over the NFL

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
12:27 pm

Not So Fast,

Yes I would, but you know TCU will be #2

SEC Elite

January 5th, 2011
12:28 pm

@not so fast

I did see that. Now that the USC talent pool has been distributed, I commend the Pac 10 for coming into their own as a legitimate conference.

However, It’ll be back to normal after the exodus of Harbaugh and Luck.

Just can’t wait to see Oregon play against an SEC defense! And the fact that Auburn put up the kind of #’s they did this season against the SEC West Defenses, gives me nothing to worry about against Auburn!

SEC Elite

January 5th, 2011
12:29 pm

Correction…Against Oregon!

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
12:29 pm

But also keep in mind, Stanford whooped up on a team that lost to James Madison at home and plays in a conference with only 2 total BCS wins….

SEC Elite

January 5th, 2011
12:31 pm

And…the academic side of the Pac 10 is pretty good also…

ARdawg

January 5th, 2011
12:32 pm

SEC Elite

You should stop whacking off all over yourself. There’s been nothing inherently impressive about AU’s defense. It’s their offense that has given everyone the problems in stopping it

SEC Elite

January 5th, 2011
12:34 pm

Karl,

Why are you so angry? Is it going to take 9 more wins against us for you to feel better? I wouldn’t count on it in your lifetime…unless your language reflects your age!

Snoop Dawg

January 5th, 2011
12:37 pm

Michigan AD has received permission from the UGA to contact Mark Richt about the head coaching job at Ann Arbor… Richt is noncommittal at this stage.

LOL!

Nobody wants those idiot coaches on the UGA staff!

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
12:40 pm

Auburn gave up 34 vs. Kentucky, 43 vs. Arkansas, 31 vs. Ole Miss, 24 vs. UTC, and 31 against UGA. Impressive. The Fiesta Bowl might need an auxiliary scoreboard to keep track of Oregon’s points.

3rdN8

January 5th, 2011
12:41 pm

Have been surprised that of all the supposition being bantered about in the Michigan coaching search, on one in the media (to my knowledge) has brought up Gary Patterson.

I think Patterson would be a good fit at either a Big 10, or SEC school. The guy can coach. His teams play good fundemental football. Bama made a huge mistake 9 years ago by hiring his boss instead of him

GTBob

January 5th, 2011
12:41 pm

Good grief, I’m not so sure about that. ESPN pays the SEC 205 million a year vs. 155 million for the ACC. Considering how bad the ACC is at football that doesn’t seem to be that big of a difference. The Big Ten still takes in more then anyone even though they have not been nearly as good as the SEC the past 10 years. GT has been better the last 5 years then Michigan. Who do you think brings more money in TV contract negotiations?

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
12:44 pm

@SEC Elite – Since you say “us” I must assume that you attended each of the SEC schools – and evidently, based on your mastery of the language,didn’t graduate from any of them.

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

Carlton

January 5th, 2011
12:45 pm

@Karl:

Yeah, Archie won two, but then again it was in the early 1970’s and in an offense which was run heavy. If you look at his stats from those years, they’re really not that impressive (Archie never had a season over 12 touchdowns..in a run heavy offense). The only reason Herschel never won 2 was because Marcus Allen had a gaudy 1981 season of over 2,300 yards..still unheard of today.

And any university or alum/student/fan of a University that refers to themselves in the third person is so far up their own ass they can’t see the daylight. If the SEC is so weak against not just OSU but the rest of the Big 10 (11, 12, however many are in your conference now-sh*t, y’all can’t count it yourself) then why did Alabama, Florida, and MISSISSIPPI STATE tear the Big 10 apart just 5 days ago? I’d say it shows major weaknesses and flaws in the Big 10 if anything else.

2 of your 3 Conference Champions lost in one day-how sad. And the other won “barely won” against a mid-tier SEC team. Congrats to the sweater vests everywhere!

Legends and Leaders? THE Ohio State University? Please..get over yourselves (oh, and the players weren’t technically “eligible”-because they sure as hell won’t be next year for the first 5 games, haha). Enjoy your sh*tty year next year, I’m sure OSU won’t be seeing the inaugural Conference Championship game..how sad-and then you’ll start b*tching about how hard it is to get to NC game when your team can’t get past the conference championship.

Auburn’s playing for the SEC’s 5th National Championship in a row. If they win, the SEC will have won a BCS Championship against the ACC once, Big 12 three times, Big 10 twice, and the Pac 10 once. 7 Championships in 13 years? Sounds like dominance to me..

John2

January 5th, 2011
12:45 pm

The past 3 seasons Arkansas has gone from 5-7 to 8-5 to 10-3. Call them overated, SWC, mid level, etc all you wish, but this is a program that is obviously headed in the right direction. Most SEC teams, as well as teams from the conferences, would have killed to play in a BCS Bowl game or have the record they had this year. Whether they won pretty this year or not, they did what they needed to do to this year to get 10 wins and have a really good season.

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
12:49 pm

I like men. Lots of them. Big hairy ones are preferred.

jumbeauxtiger

January 5th, 2011
12:51 pm

I don’t see Miles uprooitng his family. His daughter is a 10th grader who is a state swimming champion at U-High in BR and they love it here.

Congrats to the Buckeyes on a big win. I was angry when LSU lost to Ark but part of me didn’t want to play Ohio St. I knew they were good. Glad it wasn’t the Tigers that was the first SEC team to lose to them in a bowl.

Not So Fast

January 5th, 2011
12:51 pm

Hey Good Grief: The Pac 10 conference leads the nation in NCAA Championships and overall academic ranking. As I posted earlier Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA rank in the top 25 Universities; in addition Washington ranks in the top 50. The fact is 6 University of California schools rank in the top 50 as well as 3 Private Universities located in California totaling 9 in the top 50; 5 rank in the top 25.

BAMA dude

January 5th, 2011
12:56 pm

3rdN8, I’m telling you, it’s a religious thing with him. He’s said before that he ain’t going anywhere.

jumbeauxtiger

January 5th, 2011
12:57 pm

John2 ,

The numerous dropped passes killed the Hogs last night.

GeorgiaDuck

January 5th, 2011
12:58 pm

LSU is a better job than Michigan!

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
1:03 pm

@Carlton – In 1980, Buck Belue attempted 156 passes and in 1981 he attempted 188 passes. Is that your idea of a “pass happy offense?” According to cfbdatawarehouse.com the Big Ten has a 95-78 record all-time against the SEC.

Scoreboard.

INCOMPLETE!!!

January 5th, 2011
1:08 pm

Man, Ryan Mallett may want to stay for his Senior year after that performance last night!!!

If he can’t handle the stage of the Sugar Bowl, then he’s definitely not ready for the Big Show!

5150 P.O.A.D

January 5th, 2011
1:08 pm

Michigan needs to go after Paul Johnson! See if his silly offense works with the Big Boys!

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
1:14 pm

I have an apology.

I just took a long look in the mirror and have decided to commit suicide.

I cannot bear the fact that we consistently get dominated by the SEC…goodbye cruel world.

Suck it!

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
1:16 pm

Paul in RDU

January 5th, 2011
1:18 pm

Not So Fast

January 5th, 2011
12:51 pm
Hey Good Grief: The Pac 10 conference leads the nation in NCAA Championships and overall academic ranking. As I posted earlier Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA rank in the top 25 Universities; in addition Washington ranks in the top 50. The fact is 6 University of California schools rank in the top 50 as well as 3 Private Universities located in California totaling 9 in the top 50; 5 rank in the top 25.
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The average ranking of the PAC 10 schools is 62 (did you forget about the AZ and OR schools and WSU?) – the average ranking of the ACC schools is 49.
6 of the University of California schools may be highly ranked, but only 2 of them are in the PAC 10

Dawg Fud

January 5th, 2011
1:24 pm

Way to go Arkansas…you bunch of goons.

RambleOn84

January 5th, 2011
1:30 pm

Shut up POAD!

Anyway, I’m sure Michigan is done with non-traditional offenses.

Spinoza

January 5th, 2011
1:40 pm

OSU fan in Atlanta, Ohio State can play with anyone every year? Then why did it take them ten tries to beat an SEC game in a bowl? (And they lost to Alabama in the regular season once as well.) Why were they trounced twice in National Championship games by SEC teams? Why were they blown out by USC and defeated by Texas?

Wishful thinking on your part. Reminds me of a religious faith. Believe what you know ain’t so. ha, ha, ha ha.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
1:44 pm

Bob,

I’d love to see your figures. ESPN signed it’s largest FOOTBALL contract with the SEC. And I’m sure the 155 you speak of has to entail large part to basketball, correct? Obviously the ACC will be the bread and butter conference for that thanks to Duke.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
1:47 pm

Not So Fast,

No debate from me on that. I acknowledge they have excellent academics. As far as conferences go probably the best, even though their athletes (with exception to Stanford) do not reflect that. But at least admit to what “championships” they are winning. The only ones that matter are football, men’s basketball and baseball. UCLA’s run decades ago has a lot to do with that.

nate

January 5th, 2011
1:51 pm

Ohio State blows

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 5th, 2011
1:51 pm

Tony, thanks for putting this on the AJC site. Anything is better than reading about the laments of UGA and GT. The world is sick and tired of the smearing of Cam, and who could endure another word about the arrest records, etc. At least this is something fresh–but not so fresh.

The beloved coach of LSU is staying in Baton Rouge. He gets paid well. He has a magnificent facility. Tiger Stadium is one of the best. The food in Louisiana is the best in the land. The recruits from Louisiana, Texas, and might I say, Georgia, love LSU. The Fan Base is fantastic. The climate is better than Michigan. The economy is better. Why in the world would Les Miles give a real thought to a fallen program in an inferior conference?

No way Miles is going anywhere.

JBT

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
1:52 pm

@Spinoza – The Ohio State University is 5-4 in BCS bowl games, considered the modern standard of bowl excellence. Don’t tell me what the Buckeyes’ record is against an entire conference, rather tell me what your school’s record is against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
1:54 pm

@nate – Ohio State glows.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
1:55 pm

Spinoza,

You might as well just get used to listening to insanity like that for awhile. All the Big 10 homers in the media (aka ESPN) needed was just one OSU victory over any SEC team. Now we will all be saturated for months listening about how great The Suckeyes really are and how brilliant of a coach Tressell is. All is now forgotten about how the SEC has crushed them in national title games. They will be a lock for preseason top 3 spots for at least the next 5 seasons just for shamefully playing their SUSPENDED players and needing two fluke TD’s and a miracle at the end to defeat an underwhelming Arkansas team that should have lost to UGA.

Good grief

January 5th, 2011
1:57 pm

If Mallett doesn’t get drafted by a team with a top 5 OL his NFL career will be short lived. I’ve never seen a less mobile QB in my life. And that includes that 300 pound porker Kentucky used to have.

question

January 5th, 2011
1:57 pm

it so hilarious to see how you SEC homers are now turning your backs on Arkansas since they lost

Cindy

January 5th, 2011
1:58 pm

I’ll admit that I didn’t like Miles much when he first came to LSU HOWEVER, after his speech before the 2006 SEC championship game I LOVE HIM. I have been mad all season because of the boos and negativity and this all started when he was what?? 6-0. That really p**sed me off. If he left now for Michigan, I think I would place Michigan in 2nd behind LSU because he is a fun to watch coach who finds a way to win. Anyone remember back to the 90’s and the horrible seasons we had……has not happened with Miles period.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
1:59 pm

Anyone? Give me your team’s record against Ohio State. The silence is deafening.

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
2:01 pm

Other than UCLA and UC Berkeley, the rankings of the other schools in the University of California system are not relevant to the PAC-10.

By the way, California also has a California State University system, which is separate from the University System. San Jose State, “Fresno State”, San Diego State, Cal State-Fullerton and several others are in that system. The official name of “Fresno State” is “California State, Fresno.” However, San Diego State is officially “San Diego State University.” San Jose State University, also gets that name distinction.

In addition to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) there is also California State University, Los Angeles.

I lived in the Bay Area and Napa in the mid-’70s. The Cal St. University system schools are less expensive and easier to get admitted to than the UC system schools.