Les Miles listed as possible candidate to replace DJ Durkin at Maryland
Plenty of names have already been mentioned as possible replacements for DJ Durkin at Maryland following his firing this week, and there are several SEC connections.
Along with Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and former LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada, now the interim coach at Maryland, former LSU head coach Les Miles is also mentioned on a list of possibilities at Maryland. The list was compiled by Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.
“Les is sitting at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, doing beer commercials and acting in movies,” Dodd wrote. “You might have also heard he won a national championship at LSU. Miles will be 65 next month, but Maryland is looking for a bridge coach they could do worse. Miles is an accomplished championship coach, can continue Maryland’s strong recruiting, has no NCAA issues and eats grass. That alone would bring unprecedented attention to a mediocre program.”
Dodd wrote that the administration should think about stability following a several month investigation into the the football program after the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. Durkin was placed on administrative leave Aug. 11 while the University System of Maryland board of regents waited for the results of a report on the culture of the program. The board initially reinstated him before it fired Durkin earlier this week.
Miles is an interesting candidate because he’s been available in the last year during a flurry of coaching moves, but has hardly been mentioned at a possibility at most schools. But of the coaches on this list, Miles stands apart with his national championship resume.