BATON ROUGE, La. --- “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…”
There are two things LSU fans will remember about the 2007 season.
They won a National Championship and nearly lost their head coach to Michigan, his alma mater.
During the week leading up to the SEC Championship game that December, ESPN reported that Miles was headed to Michigan, a report that led to a now famous moment where Miles hit the media with a one-minute tirade.
When Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon fired Rich Rodriguez last Wednesday, Miles was tossed back into the mix as one of Brandon’s top targets.
Six days later the Wolverines reached out to Miles when Brandon and two representatives from the University flew to Baton Rouge, where they met with Miles, his wife Kathy and Miles’ agent, George Bass, on Monday afternoon. The meeting lasted into the night, when Brandon and the two representatives returned to Ypsilanti, Mich.
The buzz heightened when ESPN reported that Miles would take the job if offered.
By lunch on Tuesday, the Mad Hatter ended all doubt – for the second time.
Miles would not return to Ann Arbor, where he played football under legendary coach Bo Schembechler and later graduated. Instead, he would be back in Baton Rouge for a seventh season.
“I am pleased to announce that Les Miles will remain the head coach at LSU,” said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. “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 left Baton Rouge this morning and headed to Dallas, where he will speak this afternoon at the convention of the American Football Coaches Association. He will meet with the media once he returns to Baton Rouge, according to Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent.
During his stay at LSU, Miles has compiled a 62-17 (.785) overall record including 33-15 (.688) in the Southeastern Conference and 5-1 (.833) in bowl games.
When he was caught chomping on a blade of grass during a win over Alabama earlier this season, the Mad Hatter told reporters that, “the grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best.”
Turns out he wasn’t lying.