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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