First, this is pure speculation. I am not saying that I have reports, or inside information that Les Miles has accepted an offer from Michigan. What I am saying, however, is that if Les Miles is offered he will accept, and I believe that Michigan will make the offer. It is time for Les Miles to return to his alma mater, and with the once proud program reeling they could certainly use a bit of his luck.
First things, first. Jim Harbaugh isn't coming to Michigan, he will likely go to the NFL, or if he has a change of heart and decides to build his legacy in the college ranks, he will stay at Stanford. For one, there was the Michael Hart/ Michigan Administration debacle a few years back in which Harbaugh got bashed for criticizing the program and its academic policies. And secondly things are too good at Stanford for him to leave for another college program. There is no doubt, however, that Harbaugh is David Brandon's top choice and he will pull hard.
There is also Brady Hoke, who would be another good candidate, but after the Rich Rod debacle I suspect that the Wolverine athletic department will be looking for a head coach with experience running an AQ program, and who has a winning record. This is not to say that Hoke hasn't done an amazing job turning around two floundering programs, but in all likelihood boosters will want to see an attractive win-loss column on the resume.
This leaves Les Miles.
Further, Michigan will be looking for a “Michigan Man” and connections to the old blue bloods of Michigan football history will be worth nearly as much on the resume as victories and championships. Miles played and coached under Schembechler and worked with Carr.
Should Michigan Pursue Les Miles?
Thus the question is, will Miles accept?
The answer: Yes.
Is it because Miles is a Michigan man at heart? No, while Miles may well be a Michigan man he won't be leaving LSU for a longing to return home. Is it because competition is getting too tough in the SEC? Nah, Miles has already proved he can compete and beat everyone in the conference. Easier recruiting? Please, when is the last time Miles had a recruiting class that wasn't ranked in the Top 10?
Miles will leave because the LSU fanbase has becoming too spoiled, and his reign there is too tenuous. Michigan will make a big offer, and Miles will know that he will be more secure in the “Big House” than he ever was in “Death Valley.” Even when he was 7-0 this season many Tiger fans were calling for his ouster. For one reason or another many LSU fans simply felt that the victories were not good enough for Baton Rouge.
If Miles does come to Ann Arbor, Michigan will be back up on its feet in short order. Miles has experience running spread offenses, and utilizing more athletic and speedy players (vs. the big bruisers typical of Big Ten teams), so he would be able to get immediate victories with the stock of players left over by RichRod. LSU will likely slip a bit (I'm calling it: Malzahn to LSU) and Tiger fans might finally come to realize how spoiled they have been. While Miles' offensive schemes are often characterized as spread offense, his style of play is much closer to the traditional, sound, smash-mouth football Michigan fans are accustomed to.