Remember the 2006 season when
This is strictly conjecture for the time being, just something to think about, reading tea leaves.
But it is conceivable that another
upset, Appalachian State's shocker over
For LSU as well as the Wolverines.
Think about it this way:
At the same time, should LSU contend – or even win – the BCS championship, as expected, how good would Miles look to the Wolverine Nation in January?
Outstanding is the unequivocal answer.
Consider that at the moment Miles has a 51-25 record in his seven years as a head coach, including a gaudy 23-4 over his two-plus seasons at LSU. That record could reach a ridiculous victory total of 36 in 40 games at LSU should his Tigers run the table, a realistic possibility, according to almost all observers.
Not only would those figures entice
interest on their own, but remember Miles is a proud
There are other intangibles to ponder. Miles has been a very good recruiter, and, while sometimes an awkward communicator with the media, there is no doubt he communicates well with his athletes. And, a major plus as head of a high-achieving program, Miles has no fear of hiring assertive and creative assistants like Bo Pelini and Gary Crowton. He has many positive attributes as a head coach.
All this would make him highly attractive at his alma mater.
In addition there is a sense that,
despite his accomplishments, Miles may feel a little unloved in
Fans, it seems, spend as much time criticizing how tightly Miles wears his cap as critiquing his two 11-victory seasons.
So, it appears Sept. 1, 2007, the day Appalachian State defeated Michigan, could be a date that may alter the course of LSU football as much as Dec. 1, 1961. That was the afternoon Navy defeated Army 13-7. Dale Hall didn't have a losing season in his three years at Army, but he never beat Navy, and the U.S. Military Academy decided it had to replace Hall with another coach, who turned out to be LSU's Paul Dietzel, who also had problems (1-2-1) with the Middies and a quarterback named Roger Staubach.
Things may not have worked out especially great for Army, but there was no question the transition from one head coach to another was traumatic for Tiger football. And it could have been worse.
Just say Miles is as attractive to
When Dietzel left, then-AD Jim Corbett knew Charlie McClendon, serving as what is now known as defensive coordinator for the Tigers, was the man for the job. McClendon went on to coach the Tigers to 137 victories, most of any LSU coach.
There's no guarantee that in the situation LSU will be in January that anyone will be in place to recognize a budding head coach on the current staff, or a hot-shot up-and-comer from points unknown.
The closest thing to a sure thing in this scenario is that Les Miles would eventually coach a team in the Rose Bowl.
Think about those possibilities for a while.
Marty Mule' can be reached at MJM981@Bellsouth.net