Monday, January 10, 2011

Michigan will not be able to find a better fit than Les Miles

Michigan reportedly is going to interview LSU's Les Miles for its head football coaching vacancy, and to me, he's the ideal fit for the position among potential candidates.
Miles won a national title at LSU. He beat Ohio State in the BCS title game. He has strong Michigan ties as a player under Bo Schembechler in the 1970s, and as assistant coach. He has taken over a program that was down and led it to heights - Oklahoma State.
He is also a dynamic personality. And it doesn't matter if he had a recruiting tiff with former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. It also doesn't matter if there are all these urban legends being passed around about how he didn't along with some people in the Michigan family - for one reason or another.
It would wise for all those who truly care about Michigan's football program to unite toward a common goal.
Tell me a better coach on the board for Michigan? Nobody. Also, if he takes the job, it would quell the notion Michigan has beg to get a head football coach.

Random Thoughts

- The Red Wings are a team of great character. To go out to Western Canada, with injuries issues like they have, and get six out of six possible points is extraordinary. Vancouver has an exceptional team. The Red Wings beat the Canucks Saturday without Brad Stuart, Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula. Henrik Zetterberg played nearly 25 minutes in that game. What a terrific player. Jimmy Howard has improved in the shootouts, another factor.

- Thought the last version of the HBO special on the Winter Classic was the best. Sidney Crosby begging for a penalty shot was pathetic. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau's comments to the camera as he walked off the ice following his team's victory - and the Penguins' not shaking hands as had been the tradition - was a classic. And just as easily could have been muttered by Red Wing fans everywhere toward the Pens and Crosby.

- Troy Murphy is a good player on a bad team starting forward. He, however, would definitely be a short-term upgrade for the Pistons, who still have a good shot at making the playoffs. And it would mean they have unloaded the contract that is hanging on the franchise - that of Richard Hamilton. But if Rip goes, it will still be a sad day. He has presented much, much more good than bad during his time with the Pistons.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh? Why would Miles take the job now after declining 3 yrs ago, unless there were some contract provisions, money, prevented it?

Michigan has to realize that they are not the lauded program of 15 yrs ago. Recruiting is down a notch and it's going to take 3 yrs to get the team on track to maybe, maybe be dominant in the Big Ten or Big Twelve.

Maybe big money. But Martin, in hiring Rich Rod, cost Michigan at least $12M for a handfull of wins over the last 3 years.

How sad the pompous UM'ers are getting brought to their knees.

6:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were not a Les Miles backer three year ago ... why now? Why not Brady ...?

10:13 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

He is not nearly on sound ground at LSU as back then. Over time, Miles has gained more than his fair share of detractors at LSU.

11:57 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I thought Miles would have fit three years ago, too. But I like Hoke more than most for this position. In my mind, Hoke wouldn't necessarily be "settling." But a lot of other people would see it that way.

11:58 AM 

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