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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The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
4:09 pm

@PALADIN DEATH DEALER – The 2011 results are in, Ohio State 1 – SEC 0. Undefeated this year vs. SEC in basketball, too. Have a nice day.

Stephen

January 5th, 2011
4:10 pm

@ karls children

Even that 2002 title has a big fat asterisks on it. I hate Miami but the entire nation knows there was no holding to give you guys that last play. Probably the worst penalty in title history, but then again the NCAA loves the Big-10. How else to explain Green having to sit but Tattoo U getting the hand out?

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
4:11 pm

I hope Les stays. He’s the guy that makes LSU interesting to watch.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
4:15 pm

Oh and Barnhart, I can’t wait to read your Cam Newton spin on Thursday. I’m dying to know why Ohio State players should have been suspended for the Sugar Bowl and Newton shouldn’t sit for the BCS Championship game. I’ll be sure to suspend disbelief before I read the post.

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

January 5th, 2011
4:16 pm

The Karl Childers:
PETRINO ALMOST DOTTED THE “I” FOR YOU LAST NIGHT….GOOD TO SEE YOUR HEAD COACH TEACH THOSE 5 A LESSON THAT SOLD THAT STUFF AND GOT THE GREAT TATTS…..BUT THEY WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR TO “TAKE THEIR PUNISHMENT”….ANYONE WHO BELIEVES THAT WOULD ALSO BELIEVE THAT SCAM NEWTON DIDN’T KNOW WHAT OLE DAD WAS DOING TO THE BOYS OVER AT MISS. STATE WHEN HE TRIED TO HOLD THEM HOSTAGE FOR MAJOR MONEY….GLAD HE DIDN’T TRY THAT AT AUBURN….THEY WOULD HAVE PROBABLY TURNED HIM AND HIS DAD IN…..MY SIDES ARE HURTING I’M LAUGHING SO HARD…..HOW DO YOU AUBIE’S PUT THAT STORY OUT WITH A STRAIGHT FACE…..AS THEY ARE SAYING AT AUBURN, YOU ARE ALL IN….

ARdawg

January 5th, 2011
4:17 pm

Heya Delbert!

IMHO Les is on the very long list. I’d venture to say he wouldn’t go if offered but he might for the right paycheck and they’d be craizer than him if they paid it

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
4:18 pm

@Stephen – a holding penalty by a freshman DB on the last play of the game is no less a penalty than a holding penalty by a freshman DB on the first play of the game. Cheating is cheating, son, no matter when it happens.

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

January 5th, 2011
4:20 pm

The Karl Childers:
THERE YOU GO SWAPPING OVER TO BASKETBALL…..IN THE SEC EXCEPT AT KENTUCKY, THAT IS THE SPORT (FILLER) THEY PLAY BETWEEN THE END OF FOOTBALL SEASON AND THE START OF SPRING PRACTICE…..CONGRATS ON YOUR BASKETBALL TEAM, DID THEY GET FREE TATTS TOO….WILL CHECK THEM OUT NEXT TIME THEY PLAY OF TV….

ARdawg

January 5th, 2011
4:20 pm

There is no comparison to the Tatt5 and Cam Newt. The exact comparison is with AJ Green sitting out for 5 games. Of course AJ didn’t qualify for the newly found “Unique Opportunity” rule. NCAA and Barnhart are sellouts. They really challenge my devotion to the game which is waning with every ruling

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
4:20 pm

ARdawg – Yes, yes, yes and yes; I agree.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
4:23 pm

@PALADIN – Ohio State beat Ryan Mallett when he was with Michigan and beat him again when he was with Arkansas – he wilts under the manly bull rush of a Big Ten defensive line.

Buckeye

January 5th, 2011
4:24 pm

Paladin,

Funny, after the blocked punt I thought one of these kids needs to step and make a play – thinking it would be one of the backup DB’s who were thrust into action based of the many injuries. A reserve OL made a play and we won yet another BCS game.

Sorry, Paladin, and last year’s bowl win was against who??

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

January 5th, 2011
4:27 pm

THIS JUST IN……BAD NEWS FOR THE SEC……CAM’S GOING BACK TO AUBURN AND PLAY ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE TIGERS…..IF HE WENT TO THE NFL, HE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE A PAY CUT….YOU GOTTA LUV IT…..STILL BELIEVE AUBURN WINS BY 2 TD’S…..

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
4:27 pm

What is really interesting to me is the process that the NCAA uses to determine eligibility. I the Newton case, they 1) declared him ineligible; 2) and almost immediately, declared him eligible. I guess one has to be declared ineligible for them to rule on eligibility.

In the OSU Five case, what the heck happened with that process? Did they rule them ineligible, and then declared them eligible for 1 further game this school year? Makes no sense to me.

Stephen

January 5th, 2011
4:31 pm

@ Karl’s children

Come back to earth – a village is missing its idiot. I need Katzenmoyer to read something, oh wait, he can’t read because he went to Blowohio State. Maybe I can get maurice Clarett to give a “stay in school” speech lol?

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

January 5th, 2011
4:33 pm

I AM FROM FURMAN AND WE DIDN’T PLAY IN A BOWL GAME LAST YEAR….WE PALADINS STICK TOGETHER, THOUGH….WE SUCCEEDED IN RUNNING OFF OUR HEAD COACH THIS YEAR WHO HAD PUT 29 YEARS OF HIS LIFE INTO OUR PROGRAM AS A PLAYER, ASSISTANT COACH, AND HEAD COACH…..THEY SAY HE MADE SOME OF THE BIG MONEY CONTRIBUTORS MAD CAUSE THEY COULDN’T WIN ANYTHING AT THE GOLF TOURNEY HE HELD EVERY YEAR, AND WHEN THE BIG MONEY PEOPLE AT FURMAN TALK, OUR AD AND ALL HIS PUPPETS PAY ATTENTION, INCLUDING OUR PREZ…..I DIDN’T KNOW A RESERVE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN COULD MAKE A PLAY AND INTERCEPT A BALL ON DEFENSE AND SAVE THE GAME FOR THE BUCKEYES….YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME SOMETHING TODAY, DEAR BUCKEYE……

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
4:33 pm

The NFL can afford to buy out any player’s college “contract”. I’d fear for the player’s safety from the guys that paid him the money in that “contract”, though.

Stephen

January 5th, 2011
4:36 pm

@ Karls children

How is Ohio State’s 5-4 BCS record the standard when LSU is undefeated in BCS bowl games, including a drumming of Blowohio State in the title game? I would say 4-0 with two national championships is the modern standard son.

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

January 5th, 2011
4:38 pm

Delbert D:
THE NCAA’S GOT A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO….THEY HAVE REALLY PROTECTED THE BOWLS AT THE EXPENSE OF DOING WHAT WAS RIGHT……JUST SAY, MY DAD DID IT AND I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT…..

cooper

January 5th, 2011
4:40 pm

Only reason why the cheats at OSU got to play their “suspended” players is because the Big 10 is the NCAA darling. That and the crooks that run the Sugar Bowl wheeled and dealed to make sure the NCAA didn’t force any Suckeyes to sit out incase they had the urge to responsible and fair for a change.

Probably the most obvious example of corruption in the NCAA in decades.

cooper

January 5th, 2011
4:41 pm

Karl has to hang his hot on such mighty opponents as Notre Dame, Kansas St and freaking Texas A&M

Buckeye

January 5th, 2011
4:44 pm

Paladin,

Can you tell me what button you mash FOR ALL CAPS? YOUR POSTS ARE ANNOYING TO READ NO MATTER THE CONTENT????????

LIKE THE “MASH”???? WHEN IN ROME.

Delbert D.

January 5th, 2011
4:45 pm

Dang, Paladin D.D. are you using an old Model 19 teletype terminal? It’s hard to read.

Buckeye

January 5th, 2011
4:46 pm

Cooper,

The “Suckeyes” are a Top 5 Program – Year In Year Out. We’ll see what the 2011 pre-season rankings look like. Doubt UGA makes the top 25……

Huh?

January 5th, 2011
4:47 pm

Enjoy your victory today Buckeyes, because tomorrow morning the osu will still suck and you’ll still be stuck in ohio. You deserve a break today.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
4:48 pm

Stephen, my boy, I am saying that the modern standard of excellence is the BCS bowl system. Ohio State happens to have made nine BCS bowl appearances and won six of them. Can you count the dollars?

Katzenmoyer is a functional moron – if he couldn’t play football he would never have had the opportunity to pursue a college education. That’s the great thing about college athletic schlarships. Then again, Ohio State fans didn’t exactly pay good money to watch him take English exams either. You dig?

cooper

January 5th, 2011
4:50 pm

The Suckeyes are only a PRESEASON top 5 program thanks to the Big 10 bias that has been prevalent in the media since the beginning of time. I’m willing to bet the majority of the time the fools in the media have put them in the preseason top 5 they didn’t even finish in the top 10. And that’s saying something since they usually only have to play one real game a season.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
4:52 pm

@Huh? – Actually, I’m one Ohio State fan who moved to Georgia and made good. Tomorrow my focus will turn to NCAA basketball and the number-two ranked … drum roll please … Ohio State Buckeyes.

rex

January 5th, 2011
4:52 pm

You have to admit though, Tressell does have the best recruiting line in all the business. “Come to Ohio St. where we only play one tough game a year yet the idiot voters treat us as though we actually play SEC talent week in and week out.”

That’d be hard to beat!!

Common sense

January 5th, 2011
4:54 pm

SEC BCS win – More of the same. Will probably start the season 5-10 spots back than where they really should be.

Ohio St. BCS win – Automatic preseason top 3 spot for a minimum of 5 years, no matter how horrible they are during that time frame.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
4:56 pm

@rex – Not to mention telling them about all those former Buckeyes in the NFL. You see son, Ohio State runs a pro-style offense that NFL general managers prefer. You don’t see gimmick offenses and defenses in the Big Boy conferences like you do in the SEC.

haha!!!

January 5th, 2011
4:56 pm

Ohio St. basketball is almost as overrated as Texas basketall and Ga. Tech baseball.

Actually check that, OSU basketball is almost as overrated as OSU football.

rex

January 5th, 2011
4:58 pm

Pretty sure the past 10-15 years UGA has had the most players drafted. Followed by Miami. Thanks for the laugh though.

How’s your latest Heisman winner doing? Last I saw he was still 3rd string and getting coaches fired ;)

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
5:00 pm

@rex – You talking about Danny Weurfel?

charliecole

January 5th, 2011
5:02 pm

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
5:08 pm

@rex – The top ten NCAA schools ranked in order of the number of players that played in the NFL.

1. Notre Dame
2. Southern Cal
3. Ohio State
4. Michigan
5. Penn State
6. Nebraska
7. Tennessee
8. Oklahoma
9. Pittsburgh
10. UCLA

Quite useful on the recruiting trail, I’m sure.

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

BAMA dude

January 5th, 2011
5:08 pm

The Karl Childers
January 5th, 2011
4:56 pm

@rex – Not to mention telling them about all those former Buckeyes in the NFL. You see son, Ohio State runs a pro-style offense that NFL general managers prefer. You don’t see gimmick offenses and defenses in the Big Boy conferences like you do in the SEC.

Calling the B10 a big boy conference might be the funniest thing yet. Did you watch the bowls on New Year’s?

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
5:14 pm

@BAMA dude – You know BAMA dude, when you compete in the Big Ten the exhibition bowl season just isn’t as important as it might be to, say the number three finisher in the SEC. Big Ten championships are what it’s all about. Bowls are a well earned vacation from the crucible that is Big Ten football.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
5:18 pm

Personally I must confess that I find the Division names Leaders & Legends pretentious, hypocritical and misleading. What kind of legend and leader was Woody Hayes when he punched that Clemson player after a humiliating loss? Earle Bruce’s firing was certainly the stuff of legends also. Yep, we lead by example.

BAMA dude

January 5th, 2011
5:23 pm

The Karl Childers
January 5th, 2011
5:14 pm

@BAMA dude – You know BAMA dude, when you compete in the Big Ten the exhibition bowl season just isn’t as important as it might be to, say the number three finisher in the SEC. Big Ten championships are what it’s all about. Bowls are a well earned vacation from the crucible that is Big Ten football.

You’d think that “crucible” would’ve had those Bucks a little better prepared for the MNC games, huh?

Rich Rod

January 5th, 2011
5:27 pm

Miles you better stay where you are. The cupboard was bare when I got there and I did not do a thing to improve it!!!!!

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
5:29 pm

@The Fake Karl Childers – Leaders and Legends wouldn’t be my first choice either – I kind of like “shirts” and “skins” myself. Woody Hayes punched Charlie Bauman because Bauman was taunting the Ohio State sideline. Who among us hasn’t wanted, at one time or another, to punch a guy that was taunting our team? At any rate, the University fired him the next day. End of story.

The Karl Childers

January 5th, 2011
5:31 pm

@BAMA dude – I stand by my earlier statement.

DIT

January 5th, 2011
5:39 pm

I just heard from a friend close with the MI program that they are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for Les Miles. This could get interesting after the Cotton Bowl!

Stephen

January 5th, 2011
5:42 pm

Mile’s buy-out is 14 million alone. Is there even that much left in the state after GM and the Tom Izzo raise?

hmmm?

January 5th, 2011
5:44 pm

I think LSU is looking for a reason to get rid of the mad hatter. They can’t seem to get rid of him because he keeps winning. If I were him I would bolt to Michigan. He will at least have a couple of years to turn things around and if he does he will be seen as genius coach like Paul Johnson.

BAMA dude

January 5th, 2011
5:46 pm

The Karl Childers
January 5th, 2011
5:31 pm

@BAMA dude – I stand by my earlier statement.

No doubt in my mind. Delusion like that is inimitable.

LEROY

January 5th, 2011
5:46 pm

Michigan is MUSH!!!!!

Beast from the East

January 5th, 2011
5:50 pm

LSU is a better job than Michigan. Miles will only leave if they pay him considerably more. Even then it’s no lock. Much easier to recruit at LSU.

boog

January 5th, 2011
5:52 pm

Hey…tony… why don’t you do an article on how Bama oversigns and runs players from the program so they can sign top classes every year? Instead of this vanilla journalism. They have eight srs. this year and twenty one commits? They have signed 112 players the last four yrs. Auburn is even worse. Instead you hold them up as the standard of excellence. But if you could find your way out of Bama’s butt long enough to do an unbiased article on this sham it would be most appreciated.