Coaching Candidates: Les Miles

here are a strong group of alums that want Colorado's next coach to have CU ties. Les Miles has strong ties to Boulder. He coaches the CU offensive line from '82-86. Inside, a look at what he brings to the table and what the BSN is hearing on this situation.

Les Miles
Head coach LSU
Age: 52

The Résumé
• Head coach LSU Jan. 2005-present

• Head coach Oklahoma State 2001-04

• Assistant coach Dallas Cowboys (tight ends) 1998-2000

• Assistant coach Oklahoma State (offensive coordinator)1995-97

• Assistant coach Michigan 1987-94

• Assistant coach Colorado (offensive line) 1982-86

• Assistant coach Michigan 1980-81

• Played at and graduated from Michigan

The Connection
Bill McCartney hired Miles — a fellow Michigan guy — to his first staff in 1982, and Miles eventually took over the duties of coaching the entire offensive line in 1983 after working with centers and guards in '82. Miles, like Gary Barnett, is one of several head college coaches who served on McCartney's staff one time or another in Boulder.

The Buzz
Miles certainly has a stellar pedigree, working under, among others, Bo Schembechler, McCartney and Barry Switzer before taking his first head-coaching job at OSU in 2001. The Cowboys made strides under Miles. After going 4-7 his first season, OSU posted three-straight winning seasons and earned three bowl bids. His best season in Stillwater was in 2003, when OSU went 9-3 and played in the Cotton Bowl — its first January bowl in 55 years.

Going up against Big 12 South opponents Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M, OSU made strides in recruiting under Miles. His success there led to a step up the ladder and the job at Louisiana State this year. LSU went 10-1 — its first loss was to Tennessee in overtime — before losing to Georgia in the SEC Championship game. LSU will face Miami in the Peach Bowl later this month.

The Question Marks
• LSU — in the Southeastern Conference — is a top-tier program. Why would Miles, who's been there one season, want to leave Baton Rouge for Boulder?

What We Are Hearing
Sources close to the LSU program say that Miles is indeed interested in the Colorado job and may get an interview in Boulder.


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