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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Les Miles lands on list of top 150 college football coaches of all-time

Kansas head coach Les Miles walks on the field after defeating Indiana State Saturday afternoon at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019.

Kansas head coach Les Miles walks on the field after defeating Indiana State Saturday afternoon at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019.

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Les Miles gained no shortage of notoriety during his 11-plus seasons as the head football coach at LSU.

Even though he has since moved on to the next stage of his career at the University of Kansas, Miles still is reaping the rewards of his LSU tenure.

ESPN named Miles one of college football’s top 150 coaches of all-time as part of its yearlong celebration of the sport’s 150th season.

Miles landed at No. 140 on the list, with his career record currently standing at 145-64.

“The Mad Hatter chomped grass, faked field goals and won a whole bunch of ballgames during his remarkable 11-year run at LSU,” Miles’ entry reads on ESPN.com. “He led the Tigers to a national championship (2007), a pair of conference titles and posted seven 10-win seasons.”

Miles left LSU with a 114-34 record after the university fired him four games into the 2016 season.

He resurfaced a little more than two years later at KU. The Jayhawks went 3-9 in Miles’ first season at Kansas, 18 years after his head coaching run began at Oklahoma State. Miles’ Cowboys teams went 28-21 and reached three bowl games in four seasons.

ESPN’s list also included another KU head coach who called Lawrence home for one year, more than a century ago. Known most for his time at Michigan, Fielding Yost coached KU to a 10-0 season in 1899, his lone year with the program. Yost (198-35-12) neared the upper echelon of the list, at No. 18.

Elsewhere in the Sunflower State, legendary Kansas State coach Bill Snyder (215-117-1) landed at No. 55 on ESPN’s list.

Comments

Jim Baker 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the 1 tie game in Great Grandpa Bill's record is vs. KU very early on in his tenure is it not?

Len Shaffer 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Snyder should be MUCH higher than number 55; that's ridiculous. What he accomplished at KSU is nothing short of miraculous.

David Robinett 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Let’s hope Les moves up in the rankings after his tenure at KU

Adam Bengtson 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Len, I challenge you...what did he accomplish? Go look at his hardware....or lack of. All those years and has 2 big 12 titles and 1 of them was a tie.

Lucas Town 1 month, 2 weeks ago

From where that program was when he took it over to what he accomplished there is nothing short of miraculous. Len is right! It's not like Snyder took over Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska or Colorado. All schools have won a national championship in the last 30 years. Had Snyder gone to one of these schools there is no doubt in my mind he would have won at least one national championship. I always heard LSU was after him in the late 90's but Snyder stayed at K-State to build a program, which he has done. I have nothing but respect for Snyder. But now KU with Miles, has an opportunity to do something similar, something better!

Dane Pratt 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Hope he is still on the list after his time at KU.

Dane Pratt 1 month, 2 weeks ago

He orchestrated one of the greatest reclamation projects ever and for that he easily makes the list but nowhere near the top ten.

Sam Meyer 1 month, 2 weeks ago

This list is suspect. It lists Mark Richt 4 spots ahead of Les Miles...not buying that at all

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