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Monday, June 24, 2019

Les Miles

Watch: Les Miles eats grass during halftime of Kansas game

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Les Miles made an appearance at Kansas’ basketball game on Saturday, and he did what he does best there.

Miles had a square of grass in front of him and pulled some blades to eat just as he did so many times on the football field at LSU:

Miles also spoke to the crowd at Phog Allen Fieldhouse during halftime of KU’s game against Stanford and fired them up about the football program. He tweeted how much he enjoyed it.

At least Miles did not have a total brainfreeze this time.

Watch: Les Miles has total brainfreeze at Kansas press conference

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Les Miles was introduced as the new head football coach of the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday, and his press conference included an odd moment.

He was talking about what kind of involvement the team would have in the community and appeared to have a brainfreeze. He went nearly 20 seconds in between finishing his thought as his mind went blank.

What happened during that moment? Your guess is as good as ours, but that’s not a good sign. Kansas better hope Miles isn’t drawing blanks like that mid-game next season.

Kansas signed Miles to a five-year deal. Here are the full details on his contract.

Les Miles’s contract details with Kansas revealed

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The Kansas Jayhawks officially announced Les Miles as their new football coach Sunday, a big-name hire for a school that desperately needed it. It turns out he’ll be making a decent amount of money, too.

According to the official news release, Miles signed a five-year contract with the Jayhawks. That deal will pay him $2,775,000 annually, meaning he’ll make just shy of $14 million total, not counting a pair of retention bonuses.

Miles was making upwards of $4 million a year when he was fired by the LSU Tigers in 2016, so he’s taking a slight pay cut here, though that was to be expected.

Miles was always the frontrunner for this job, and it seems safe to say he’s a big believer in the project. The Jayhawks look to have landed him at a fairly reasonable cost, too.

Report: Kansas, Les Miles have spoken about job

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There may be something to the Les Miles to Kansas rumors.

The Kansas Jayhawks fired David Beaty after the team lost on Saturday to fall to 3-6 on the season. They are looking for their fourth head coach since firing Mark Mangino after the 2009 season and would like to hire someone who can get them more than three wins in a year, which they haven’t done this decade.

The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported on Tuesday that Miles is the “frontrunner” for the job. On Thursday, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd said that Miles and Kansas had spoken.

The Kansas City Star’s Jesse Newell tracked the private plane of Kansas AD Jeff Long, which made stops in Phoenix and Dallas. He wondered whether the stop in Phoenix was to talk with former Arizona State head coach Todd Graham and whether the Dallas stop was for North Texas coach Seth Littrell.

Long is said to be seeking a veteran coach with experience. Miles, who turns 65 soon, has plenty of experience from his time at Oklahoma State and LSU.

Les Miles reportedly interested in Kansas job

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The long-dormant Kansas football program could look to make an impact hire this offseason, and one big-name coach could be willing to take the job.

According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, former LSU coach Les Miles would have interest in the Kansas position, though he has yet to be approached by Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long.

There is some reason to believe this is a plausible match. Long was an associate athletic director at Michigan in the early 1990s when Miles was an assistant coach there. The former LSU coach also has experience recruiting in the region thanks to his time as Oklahoma State’s coach from 2001-2004.

Miles would have to give up that acting career of his, but he’s made no secret of his intention to coach again. He’d instantly give Kansas credibility it hasn’t had in recent years, though the two sides haven’t even talked and it’s unclear if they will.

Les Miles now working on an acting career

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Another offseason passed without Les Miles snagging a head coaching job, and now the former LSU coach has a new line of work in mind.

According to an interesting feature about Miles written by The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, Miles has been pursuing an acting career.

The article describes the 64-year-old coach as having a dream of acting in movies like so many others. But apparently he’s really serious and has been bitten by the acting bug.

Miles has three credits on his IMDB page, including one where he played a scout in the football movie, “When the Game Stands Tall.” He has a much larger role in a movie due out this year called “Angry Men.” And if Miles has his way, he’ll have many more to add to his page over the next few years.

Miles has not coached since being fired by LSU during the 2016 season. He amassed a 114-34 career record with the Tigers, including winning a national championship. This new focus of his makes you wonder how seriously he wants to get back into coaching, especially when you combine it with comments he made in November.

Tennessee reportedly contacts Les Miles about coaching job

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Tennessee reportedly has interest in a coach who is quite familiar to SEC fans.

247 Sports’ Grant Ramey reported on Saturday night that the Vols have contacted Les Miles about their head coaching vacancy.

Miles was fired by LSU mid-season last year and has been out of coaching since. He interviewed for some different vacancies, but the 63-year-old acknowledged recently that he could have done better in his interviews. Perhaps a job at a prestigious football school like Tennessee will get him charged up so he’s at his best.

Tennessee has been in the market for a new coach since firing Butch Jones last month. They were set to hire Greg Schiano last weekend, but fans protested so furiously that the deal was cancelled. Then after many other pursuits failed, the school fired AD John Currie and installed Phillip Fulmer as the new AD. It seemed as if Mike Leach was going to be the next hire by Currie, but now that Fulmer is in charge, he appears to be going in a different direction.

It’s unclear who else Fulmer has contacted about the vacancy. Miles may be older than many other candidates, and fans complained about his teams’ offensive struggles, but the man was a proven winner in the difficult SEC West and routinely won double-digit games.