Les Miles is one of the best head coaches that college football has seen in the history of the game. He was able to help take the LSU Tigers to many seasons of success and kept them as one of the nation’s powerhouses. After struggling the last few years, LSU decided to let Miles go following last week’s loss at the hands of the Auburn Tigers.
Now, the decision has come for Miles to decide whether he wants to continue coaching or not. He will have plenty of offers to choose from should he choose to continue his coaching career.
One team that could be a perfect fit for the next chapter of Miles’ career is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Brian Kelly has done an excellent job over the years as Notre Dame’s head football coach, but it may be time for a change of scenery. Notre Dame has gotten off to a 1-3 start this season. Losing against Duke last weekend might have put Kelly on the hot seat.
Miles would be exactly the kind of replacement that Notre Dame would need to make the move to fire Kelly. They would need an elite coach that can take them to the next level from an on-the-field standpoint and on the recruiting trail.
John Buhler of FanSided.com also mentioned that Notre Dame could be a landing spot for Miles if he does indeed continue coaching.
Throughout his career at LSU, Miles put together an impressive 114-34 record. He led the Tigers to a championship in his tenure as well. LSU would not be where they are today without the stint that Miles had at the school and the recruiting dominance that he implemented.
Bringing in Miles would immediately keep Notre Dame as a top recruiting team in the nation. They would not lose that much by transitioning from Kelly to Miles. In fact, they might actually gain some big names on the recruiting market who have seen Miles’ success at LSU over the years.
At 62-years-old, there is no question that Miles still has another seven to 10 good years of coaching left. Depending on how he wants to spend the latter years of his life, he could implement something special at Notre Dame. He could ride off into the sunset, but Miles has been pretty vocal about his desire to continue coaching and to stay in the game.
“I don’t golf,” Miles said. “I play no tennis. I enjoy shooting the gun — I don’t necessarily like to point it at animals. I play cards, not very well. But what I have done for probably 12 to 14 hours a day for the last number of years is coach football. So I would have a difficult time not being involved in the game not being a coach.”
Needless to say, all signs point to Miles returning to coach at a different program. Notre Dame may not be the only powerhouse team that pursues Miles, but it would be an ideal fit for both parties involved.
If Notre Dame is looking for a change within their football program, Miles could be that guy for them.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see which teams begin showing interest in Miles first. It wouldn’t be surprising if potential landing spots begin becoming apparent in the next couple weeks.
Expect to see the Fighting Irish strongly consider a change of head coaches. Kelly isn’t going to be easy to let go, but if a coach like Miles is interested in heading to South Bend, a move might end up being made.
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