this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Don't look at me, lady. via
As of about 5:30 LSU's athletic director was saying he hadn't been contacted about Les Miles and would shoot any Yankee who came within 500 feet of him: "Les Miles is LSU's head coach and we are going to do everything we can to keep it that way. He has had great success here and we plan to keep enjoying that success under his leadership."
But now drums in the deep say that is one lying-ass athletic director:
Michigan expressed interest in talking to LSU coach Les Miles prior to the AT&T Cotton Bowl and it is expected the meeting will occur soon, sources told ESPN.
One source close to Miles said a time and place has not been finalized. Another source said the coach would give LSU 24 hours notification before the interview and that had not occurred. Miles, a Michigan alum, would be interested in listening to athletic director Dave Brandon, one source close to him said.
In this case, drums in the deep are Joe Schad. If you work for ESPN please change his password to this.
Now… this exact same article was written three years ago—almost to the letter—but apparently no meeting ever happened or was set up. Les Miles did get punched in the face with millions of dollars, though, and his agent probably plays "have a nice day" as part of his hype-up video to this day. I'm always deeply skeptical of "sources" who are talking to the WWL and no one else because a good chunk of the time they're lying-ass agents. ESPN scoops == 50% agent vapor.
Meanwhile, my inbox has accounts that 75% guarantee Brady Hoke will be coach having a dance-off with accounts that 75% guarantee Les Miles will be coach. I don't really believe any of them, because the one thing that seems like a rock-hard certainty is that about five people have any clue WTF is going on. Even last time when there was a committee leaking left and right, almost everything that got reported about Michigan guys turned out to be crap—Hoke was never in play, and neither was Miles—and the best information came from third parties who were close to Ferentz, Schiano, and eventually Rodriguez. Rodriguez and Schiano came so far out of left field that the actual media was ahead of the rumor train—the Sporting News was the first entity to mention Rodriguez in connection with Michigan even counting GoBlue1856 and his four posts on Rivals.
This time we're dealing with a pro-Hoke crowd who knows him personally and the LSU fanbase, so… yeah. Maybe that's just me engaging in wishful thinking that the next coach's best asset won't be his ability to find Cubs' AC without a GPS, but since those two guys are so bleedingly obvious it seems easy for misinformation about them to get passed around. A similar drumbeat about a guy without connections to Michigan would be an all but certain hire. This I don't know.
The thing I was told before this all started blowing up, long before it, was that for a lot of reasons Miles would never be seriously considered for the Michigan job. Obviously I'm wavering from that point but I still think Michigan's coach is more likely than not to be someone no one is talking about right now.
COMPLETELY BOGUS PERCENTAGES:
30% Brady Hoke
20% Les Miles
50% Hot Coordinator Du Jour
BONUS: We've officially reached that bit of the coaching search: sources say Jon Gruden is "interviewing for" the job, and by "interviewing for" FSD's Jennifer Hammond means "golfing in the vicinity of." Seriously, even she hashtags that baby "takeitwithagrainofsalt." Will do, Ms. Hammond.
Cmon, you have 22000 points on an internet blog about football. I think you'd be happy with any of them.
LSU has insane poon - I don't think they have to over sign to get top recruits.
I'm just saying "we got Zingerman's" isn't quite the same...
"our helmets haz wings"
Not being on the internet at 12:30am on a Sunday?
Get out of Michigan and head south, my good man.
I've seen those exact same chics here in Austin, TX. Those models and a few others are replicated in factories all across Dixie.
Do they all come with the same personalities and childhood memories too? I hate to waste time learning about new experiences when I replace the older model with the state-of-the-art system.
That's a factory option...
Ricks is still freakin around?!? That place is older than Les tenure at LSU.... Hell, might even be older than Les.
You got that right. That chick on the far left is fine as hell.
It's amazing...I can't get left! Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament...
She looks like she's used to that position.
Twitter link to Jennifer Hammond's tweet is broken. I think she deleted the tweet?
If those three girls are part of the package deal with Les, then sign him up and send those girls to my house.
Watch at about 1:15 Les completely forgets what he's talking about when a couple of girls walk into the room.
that shit was funny....i can just imagine sitting around with him watching a game on a saturday. Not a dull moment to be had.
Les Miles is the laughing stock of the SEC. He took over a team once removed from a national championship (and loaded from freshmen to senior class with top tier talent). This is not the move to unite the fanbase. We are just adding gas to the "Michigan Man" fire. Coaches who don't have the right lineage are going to be afraid to come here from this point forward. Fans who didn't graduate from Michigan are going to do the same. For a former CEO this sure doesn't seem like a hire to help our national brand.
He's just insane enough for it to all work perfectly.
That's the beauty of Les Miles. He HAS to win. No one in their right mind is going to keep him around with anything less than 10 wins a season.
I swear he does it on purpose as a way to close off all means of escape so that he has no choice but to win or die. He is pure.
Not gonna lie--I like this guy.
It was his wife and one of his daughters that entered the press room.
Sorry, nothing scummy to report. Apparently, it was actually quite a nice moment.
Jennifer Hammond hashtagging that is hilarious. This technique is perfect for anytime I want to tweet something I just made up...
another wanna-be (hot chick) that knows nothing. Her retraction says it all.
She deleted the comment.
Way to stand by your story!
WOOO chaos. Late night Brian updates.
Coaching searches are like crack. You don't want to do it, but it feels so good. I NEED MORE!!!
But I'll add the annoyed look on the wife's face:
"not that $hit again!?!"
One of thre threads mentioned that Sam Webb tweeted that Brandon is meeting with another coach "from a BCS game school." is this your coordinator? Is Brandon actually in Dallas at the coaches convention? Lots of crazy stuff happens at conventions! Maybe DB can get Patterson or Fitzgerald all liquored up and take him back to his room like a pimp-handed Don Draper!
So you are saying DB is gonna get them drunk like sorority girls and force them into signing? Sounds like an NCAA violation
But if we get a surefire Heisman winner, any NCAA violation will be ignored.
I have to say I've been happy to participate in the hilarity but Les Miles isn't coming here.
WE JUST GOT BUSTED FOR STRETCHING. EXCESSIVE STRETCHING!!!
Les Miles almost certainly did blow of those three girls backs. He is not coming here....
But I want to keep dreaming - so YEAH LES MILES!
Great comment. What else you got?
I see a banhammer in your future.
Maybe we should see if there is a balrog available for the position?
I like the way or defense will sound
So our offense would suck.
The balrog should still have 4 years of eligiblity, unless Moria had a team he played on. I'd rather get four years of blitz packages out of that guy, then we can talk coaching.
Keeping their GPAs up might be tough...
Oh, wait, we just got rid of a guy in a wizard hat. Nevermind.
That have occurred thus far, and after the remarkable secrecy Dave Brandon has maintained around the process (stop flinching at that word, fellow Lions fans), I find it comical that anyone other than DB or a coach with a newly-signed Michigan contract would try to claim they have anything more than .01% certainty.
on the legend of the Pimp Hand.
Best thing I heard out of all of this is Coordinators being interviewed. Way to think outside of the [pizza] box now, DB!
Dammit that drum in the deep just means goblins are coming.
+1 for an awesome comment!
I think you meant orcs.
Pull them up. All of them!
Yeah but I hear the big guy with the hammer is coming with them, and he is a five star on all three sites and couldn't care less who the next coach is as he believes he can be successful in any defensive front- even the rarely employed one-five-five.