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LSU’s Les Miles not interested in the NFL: A fan’s reaction
Les Miles' ability to pull wins out of his hat at LSU has caught the attention of NFL franchises.
One executive said about our Tigers head coach, "He's the most intriguing coaching prospect I've seen in a long time. I think he has a great deal of talent and can deal with the modern athlete."
The "modern athlete" is, of course, referring to the guys who get paid to play on Sundays. Miles has experience at the NFL level, having been a tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1998-2000. The rest of his coaching career has been at the collegiate level. He might be able to handle the egos of pro athletes, but why would he want to deal with it when things are going so well at LSU?
Miles is approaching his 100th win as a college head coach and his 70th at LSU. Miles has won nearly 80 percent of his games, a conference title and a BCS national title since arriving in Baton Rouge. Our Tigers are going for another BCS title this season and are ranked #1 in the AP poll. After the Cotton Bowl win over future SEC foe Texas A&M last season, the school gave Miles a contract extension until 2017.
Asked about the prospects of going to the NFL, Miles said: "Any time someone says nice things about you, that is very kind, and you recognize that." He also added, "I am happy where I'm at." Miles also feels that the NFL and NCAA play two games that aren't similar at all.
Those words should relieve Tiger fans who've been through the drama of hearing ESPN fueled rumors about Miles going to take the job at Michigan, his alma mater.
CBS Sports' Mike Freeman might believe "it's only a matter of time before Miles is gone to the pros," but I think differently. Miles has already said before that the pressure of the pros prepared him to be a head coach in college, not the other way around. When Miles says he is content, nobody is going to confuse him with his predecessor at LSU, Nick Saban, who bolted for the pros and failed. The NFL might come calling, but I think Miles is a college coach for life like his mentor Bo Schembechler.
As an LSU fan, I hope Miles stays around at LSU as long as he wants to.
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