Les Miles reflects on almost leaving LSU for Michigan in 2007
The 2007 season was one of the wildest in college football history, giving us the rare two-loss national champion (LSU). Before qualifying for the BCS Championship Game, LSU needed to win the SEC Championship. The morning of the game, Kirk Herbstreit reported that Les Miles would leave LSU to become the next head coach at Michigan, his alma mater.
Herbstreit’s report gave us a press conference moment for the ages, but Miles to Michigan never happened. The former LSU coach, now at Kansas, recently visited a Michigan podcast and reflected on that time in 2007 he was linked to the Wolverines coach.
“I love Michigan,” Miles says on the ‘View from the Press Box’ podcast. “We just didn’t have the opportunity. It does break my heart. I love the place. There were things I was fortunate to accomplish that I only give credit to Michigan for the experiences I had that allowed me to do some of things I did. I thank the time I was there and how much I enjoyed being around the Michigan players and Coach (Bo) Schembechler.
“It didn’t work out and I’m sad that it didn’t.”
Miles said there were “roadblocks” to him taking the Michigan job. He did not name names or give exact details of what happened behind the scenes, but did elaborate a bit on the talks between the two parties.
“I don’t know that I was ever really close (to getting the job),” he said. “I was fortunate to be at a decent place (LSU).
“It did not have to do with the amount of money, it had to do with the decisions that would be made on behalf of Michigan if in fact I would be the head football coach. I just needed some backing and some strength. It was probably too far away. It’s certainly a place I loved. Sometimes it’s just not in the cards.”
Calling LSU, where he won that 2007 national championship, a “decent” place might rub some Tigers the wrong way, but before Miles landed at Kansas, we saw him support LSU in Dos Equis ads. You can listen to the LSU mention in the audio in the embedded tweet below.
“It does break my heart.”
— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) August 9, 2019
— angelique (@chengelis) August 8, 2019