Tuesday, January 11, 2011

LES MILES SAYS NO THANKS TO MICHIGAN, WILL RETURN TO LSU

LSU head coach Les Miles will return to Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan just can't seem to win anything pertaining to the game of football.

Just a week after Stanford's Jim Harbaugh — Michigan's No. 1 choice to succeed Rich Rodriguez as the Wolverines' football boss — took the head coaching job for the San Francisco 49ers, UM's second choice, LSU's Les Miles, said no thanks to the university on Tuesday morning.

Miles, who played football at Michigan in 1974-75 under legendary coach Bo Schembechler — and seemed to be very interested in taking over for a Wolverines program that has fell from grace in the three horrid seasons under Rodriguez — declined the offer to become head coach and will return to LSU in 2011, according to a statement released by LSU director of athletics, Joe Alleva.

"I am pleased to announce that Les Miles will remain the head coach at LSU," the statement read. "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 also turned the job at Michigan down in 2007, just before leading the Tigers to a BCS Championship victory over Ohio State. Miles has an impressive 62-17 record at LSU, including a 5-1 mark in bowl games.

Miles still has four years remaining on his contract at LSU.

With Harbaugh and Miles out of the mix, the search for a "Michigan man" is starting to thin considerably. The Wolverines could search for another outsider like Boise State's Chris Peterson, TCU's Gary Patterson or Louisville's Charlie Strong.

To be continued ...