Skip Bayless: Les Miles will go to Michigan
Every time Michigan has a job opening, rumors swirl that LSU coach Les Miles will be the man for the job. After firing Brady Hoke on Tuesday, Michigan once again has a job opening. ESPN’s Skip Bayless thinks this will finally be the year Miles gives in to his alma mater’s overtures and takes the job in Ann Arbor.
“I believe Les Miles will take this job,” Bayless said on the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN radio Wednesday morning. “I think he wanted this job before. There were certain people…in the power structure before who did not want Les Miles to come back, being a ‘Michigan Man.’ I think this time he will come back. That’s my gut feeling at this point.”
Bayless touted Miles for the Michigan job in 2011, before the Wolverines hired Hoke, so this is familiar territory for him. If Michigan does reach out to Miles, it would be the third time they’ve tried their luck with the LSU coach. He turned them down in 2007 and 2011, despite reports prior to the 2007 SEC Championship that he had accepted the job.
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Yesterday, reports leaked that the Michigan administration was split on whether or not to contact Miles.
Oddsmakers think there’s something to Bayless’ “gut feeling.” Online bookkeeper Bovada has Miles at plus-250 to take the job, just behind current San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Bayless, for what its worth, did not think Harbaugh would leave the NFL for Michigan.
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Bayless also praised the SEC in the Mike & Mike segment, saying that he believes Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are the four best teams in the country, but beat each other up too much to have more than one of them make the playoffs.