Les Miles to KU rumors heating up


FILE — Former LSU head coach Les Miles watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

FILE — Former LSU head coach Les Miles watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Just two days after University of Kansas athletic director Jeff Long informed David Beaty he wouldn’t be around for another season, the idea of Les Miles becoming Beaty’s replacement is beginning to seem more feasible.

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports and The Athletic reported Tuesday a source told him “a lot of momentum” exists for Miles to become the program’s next head coach. What’s more, according to the report, Miles has emerged as a “frontrunner.”

Later in the day, Tim Brando, national commentator for FOX Sports, posted on Twitter that he spoke with Miles Monday night and their conversation led Brando to “feel confident that he embraces coming to KU big time.”

Brando, who began working with Miles at FOX when the former LSU coach began dabbling in broadcasting in 2017, also pointed to Miles’ decades-old relationship with Long. For a six-year stretch beginning in the late 1980s, both worked at Michigan — Long as an assistant athletic director and Miles as an offensive line coach.

Brando characterized their connection as “strong,” adding the “credibility factor is huge.”

When someone replied to Brando’s post, doubting Miles’ ability to win at KU, a program that has experienced nothing but three-, two-, one- and zero-win seasons since Mark Mangino left nearly a decade ago, Brando didn’t hold back.

“You couldn’t be more wrong,” Brando replied, pointing to Miles’ time as Oklahoma State coach (2001-04).

“He’ll recruit Texas better than (it’s) ever been recruited at KU,” Brando added.

Of course, Miles’ reported $9.6 million buyout from LSU in 2016 included a stipulation that he must seek another college coaching job. So it remains to be seen what type of fire exists beneath all this Miles to KU smoke.

Miles has a 142-55 career coaching record and won the national championship at LSU with a 12-2 season in 2007. Miles turns 65 next week.

None by Tim Brando

None by Tim Brando


David Meredith 4 years ago

So if he takes the KU job, he would lose 9.6 million from LSU, or whatever part has not been paid to him yet?

Dale Rogers 4 years ago

That's not the way I've read it in several different articles. But to GET the 9.6 payments (actually, to have the payments continue), he has to actually attempt to get another job. Kind of like the unemployment line. You're expected to try to find a job in order to keep drawing benefits. But I have not read either way whether he would no longer get payments if he takes a new job. One recent article stated that at least one KU mega-donor is onboard with paying what it takes to get a quality coach.

Dane Pratt 4 years ago

Then if he comes here it means he WANTS to coach.

Brett McCabe 4 years ago

Most of these buyouts void-out if a guy gets another job. I don't think LSU would continue paying the full amount if Miles comes aboard. In a way, this alleviates everyone's concern that this would be some sort of a cash grab. I think the guy just wants to coach, and he wants the right situation. This could be Legacy Number Two for his career.

Whoever the coach is, I'll be in 100% just as I was with Weiss and just as I was with Beaty, until they both showed they couldn't get it done. Miles would be a massive upgrade over our three most recent coaches and you could argue that he brings more to the table than Mangino did.

Randy Bombardier 4 years ago

No doubt the buyout means KU can pay him a buck a year and LSU has to make up the difference. Great hire!

Edward Daub 4 years ago

Les Miles is nicknamed "The Mad Hatter"! He will be a great historic fit for Lawrence.

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