Les Miles is enjoying life away coaching abut speculation on what’s next for the 64-year-old continues to simmer since parting ways with LSU two years ago. He has made the most of his time by touring the country visiting football camps and fulfilling speaking engagements. Les and his wife Kathy are no strangers to Boulder, prompting a discussion on why he’s a good fit as an Associate Athletic Director. And so here are five good reasons we could potentially see him in Boulder in the future.
1. Blazing the recruiting trail
The biggest reason and No. 1 priority in college football is recruiting. You think Colorado’s receiving core is good this year? If Les Miles was back at CU, Steven Montez might be throwing to 2 or 3 future first or second round NFL Draft picks. Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Reuben Randle…they all came to the Bayou to play for Miles during his 11-year tenure in Baton Rouge. Not that CU doesn’t have future NFL receivers in Juwann Winfree and Laviska Shenault, but his track record recruiting elite receivers could only help CU at the position.
When you have coaches like Mike MacIntyre and Darrin Chiaverini out on the road selling the future of the program, having Miles as a co-signer would drive home immediate results. His reach in the southern region would bridge the gap on talent Colorado frequently loses out on. Combine that with the base Chiaverini, Klayton Adams, ShaDon Brown and Ashley Ambrose have built in California and Texas — CU would be an all-around threat for signing day.
2. Who said dat?
If there’s one quality we’ve all come to rely on Les Miles for over the years, it’s the outstanding quotes he has spun up. Whether it’s been “have a nice day” while addressing Michigan rumors, or the classic “hammer vs. nails” rant, Miles keeps the sound bytes rolling.
3. Good Eatin’
It could be the best of both worlds with a mix of good homestyle America and some cajan cuisine. Plus, who loves consuming grass more than Boulder, Colorado? Les Miles.
4. Strength in numbers
Like similar coaches who fall under Bo Schembechler’s coaching tree, Les Miles pedigree is second to none. A 37-year career built mostly in the SEC with a 71.9 winning percentage speaks for itself. The only two seasons LSU finished outside the top 25 came in 2008 & 2014. Les’ leadership presence alone would be worth having him in the building, especially for a second stint at CU. He’s familiar with the the program dating back to the early 80’s as Bill McCartney’s assistant. Miles’ ties to the south would help the Buffs gain traction on a national level as well.
5. The Mad Hatter
Les has always kept opponents on their toes and guessing what could be next. Here are some of the great plays dialed up by Miles over the years.
Oct. 8, 2011 vs Florida: LSU punter Brad Wing’s fake punt for a TD that should have counted (stupid celebration rule)
Oct. 20, 2007 vs. Auburn: LSU QB Matt Flynn’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Byrd with 1 second left.
Oct. 2, 2010 at Tennessee: LSU QB Jordan Jefferson botched spike at the 2-yard line appears to end the game before refs notice the Vols with 13 players on field. Later known as “Ole Rocky Flop.”
Nov. 17, 2012 vs. Ole Miss.: LSU WR Odell Beckham’s 89-yard punt return for a touchdown
Nov. 9, 2002 at Kentucky: LSU QB Marcus Randall threw a last-second hail mary that was deflected and caught by WR Devery Henderson for the 75-yard touchdown.
Sept. 22, 2007 vs. South Carolina: LSU kicker Colt David runs for a touchdown on a fake field goal attempt.
This is where Mike MacIntyre could really learn from Miles. Maybe Miles could help drawn something up that works better than the fake field goal attempt CU tried last season against UCLA.