The LSU Tigers decided to part ways with long-time head coach Les Miles this past weekend after a 2-2 start that has saw the team fall out of the top 25 and out of contention for the College Football Playoff. However, it seems that Miles has had a lot of callers in the past and he even turned down a job at a big-name school.
Former LSU athletic director Skip Bertman joined ESPN radio station 104.5 FM in Baton Rouge on Wednesday and talked about Miles and his legacy at LSU. He also mentioned that Miles had actually turned down the job at Michigan, Miles’s alma mater in 2011.
“Les Miles turned that job down for more money at Michigan. He turned it down,” Bertman said, via ESPN.com. “He would never say that because he’s a very humble guy. But I was there; he turned it down.”
The Wolverines were looking for a head coach following the 2010 season after Rich Rodriguez had a mediocre three-season run in Ann Arbor. Miles was linked to that job for months because of his playing ties with the team.
This is certainly an interesting development, but it is unlikely the Wolverines would get rid of current coach Jim Harbaugh, also a Michigan alum, after the 14-3 start he has had with the team.
One thing is for certain, however, and that is Miles won’t be on the free agent market long before some team scoops him up and gets a coach with a terrific track record. He went 114-34 and won two SEC championships and a national championship during his tenure with the Tigers.