Les Miles Staying at LSU, Turns Down Michigan Job Once Again

Either someone at ESPN was misinformed, or Michigan decided not to offer Les Miles a head coaching position.  With the way the Wolverines’ head coaching position is losing it’s luster, it seems more likely that the former would be true.  On Monday, we relayed an ESPN report to you that indicated Miles would accept the Michigan job if it were offered to him.  Less than 24 hours later, it looks like he’s staying at LSU.

Sports by Brooks passed along a statement released by LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva on the Tigers’ official athletic website.  Here’s what he had to say:

I am pleased to announce that Les Miles will remain the head coach at LSU. Les has led this program to many great successes on the field and his players represent LSU well off the field. We look forward to many great years of LSU football under his leadership.”

Miles had already openly stated he was “extremely happy” with his current job, but it’s unknown if LSU sweetened the pot in some way to convince him to stay.  The Tigers coach played for Michigan in the 70s and coached their offensive line from the late 80s to the early 90s.  It looks like Miles interviewing with Michigan was more a case of showing respect for his alma mater than seriously considering a career change.

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  • Gene

    I thought he would take the Michigan job. LSU must have sweetened the pot or Michigan did not offer him enough for him to leave.

  • Anonymous

    No surprise here, Steve. It’s all about the money. Michigan will not shell out 5million per year for a coach. My source over the last couple weeks kept telling me over and over that it would be Hoke. No matter what the speculation, even after the reports came out that Miles would take the job, my source said no way, they were going with Hoke.
    They knew they wouldn’t pay Harbaugh or Miles enough, so this was all about going through the motions to satisfy the fanbase. Anyone else think it funny how Hoke was named coach so soon after Miles wasn’t? Oh well, that’s Michigan for you.

  • Anonymous

    True story, Spin. I also think the Michigan job has lost a ton of its luster. There was a time when people were lining up to take the job at any cost. They no longer have that advantage — they have to pay.