Sports Illustrated is reporting that a deal may be close to being done between Les Miles and Kansas. Miles has close ties with Kansas athletic director Jeff Long, and Miles has been rumored as a favorite for the job since it came open. According to SI, contract negotiations have been taking place this week, and an announcement could come by this weekend.
Getting Miles would be a energizer for the program as Miles’ personality, along with seven 10-win seasons at LSU, have made coach Miles a household name in the college football world. And Kansas is a program that is in desperate need of a spark and a little attention.
Miles has some Big 12 ties as well. Before taking over the LSU program in 2005, he was the head coach at Oklahoma State. Miles took over at OSU in 2001, and started the foundation that has turned the Cowboys into respectable program. He went 28-21 at Oklahoma State, with a third of those losses coming in his first year. He also won Bedlam twice out of four tries. Which happens to be the same number of Bedlam wins Gundy has earned over the last 14 seasons.
At LSU, Miles led the Tigers to a National Championship in his third year as the Tiger’s head coach. He took them to the title game again in 2009. Overall, Miles was 114-34 in his time at LSU.
At 65 years of age though, how much does Miles have left in the tank two years removed from coaching? That’s for a future discussion where we will break down the pros and the cons of hiring coach Miles.