Its on the ESPN Insider (paywall) so I can't read the whole thing, just wanted everybodys thoughts.......
Gruden to replace (or follow) Miles at LSU (rumor)
to say the least. I doubt it happens though, has Gruden even expressed any interest in coming back to coaching? In the NCAA, no less?
But he gave them "the scowel"..
I don't know if this is true, but I wouldn't be surprised if Miles is fired sometime in the next couple of years. He is not popular down there.
Irony in his popularity (or lack of) in Baton Rouge is so think, I could cut it with a knife.
Surfaces during every premiere coaching vacancy and nothing ever sticks, well at least of substance. At least it is not as ridiculous as Bill Cowher to LSU. Miles hasnt been fired (yet) but RR will be coaching at UofM long after Les and LSU part ways.
I have Insider and the link to Gruden in the blurb is pretty weak. It wonders if some beat writer is picking up on popular sentiment that Gruden SHOULD come next, not that there's any real discussion or talk or anything. God bless ESPN.
yeah I could write a book about my thoughts on Miles. Growing up in Louisiana and being somewhat of an LSU fan (partying is an athletic sport down there) I would hole myself up in the dorms after attending a Michigan game and flip the channel to watch LSU and whoever they were playing.
Miles got insanely effing lucky in 2007. I'm not saying he's a bad coach. He just got reaaaaaallllllly lucky. His teams are the polar opposite of Nick Saban's and Jim Tressel's. Absolutely inconsistent. They'll CRUSH a team one week, then trail a team by two TD's that they should be beating the next.
2007's national championship happened due to a chaotic Top 25 (upsets every week), senior talent and experience (and I bet that senior class retained many of Saban's rules and ideas), and gambles that paid off. Like playing roulette, calling black and hitting it every time.
Calling five 4th down conversions in one game, beating the Auburn corner for a go-ahead TD with 2 secs left, onside kicks, god knows what else...man that year was chaotic, but fun to watch.
He has a national championship (under crazy circumstances, as you described). He has won lots of games at LSU and recruited well. Who knows how much he rode the wave of momentum that Saban created?
Earlier, he had a solid record at Okie State and a couple of big wins over OU.
Still... I'm not sure I understand the devotion of his Michigan-based fan club. Could anyone help me with that? It seems to me that his followers see and hear only the part of the picture that is flattering to him. (True, the same can be said, though maybe not to the same degree, of RichRod's fans.)
I wonder if he would have given a scholarship to the younger Boren?
Even in the year of his crowning achievement (2007), he lost twice and was extremely lucky to win a few other times. He's basically your standard-issue good recruiter/shaky coach, with a little more of a wild side than most.
..also had to do a lot with the success he had for those years following Saban.
It will be interesting to watch LSU over the next few years to see if they can maintain their status.
Especially with that insider stuff, is horrible.
"Truth and Rumour's" is also hilarious to me as well...no credibility whatsoever.
And that's all I have to say about that.
For example, did you know that Denard will be the starting quarterback this year?
It's true. Because Gerry DiNardo said so.
Didn't he say that last year too?
Combine Gruden with the talent down there.. that'd be a scary combination.
A story like that's GOTTA be true
-- Cosmo Kramer
...but I do beblieve that Gruden is much better suited for college than the NFL. He has the same problem that Bobby Knight would have in the NBA: he is so abrasive that his act soon wears thin in a professional environment.
Gruden would be great in a situation where the players recycle every four years. They wouldn't be around long enough to tune him out as they did in Tampa Bay.
Chuckie on Bourbon Street sounds like a horrible movie... I won't wanna watch, but I will.
Which means I was hoping ND would be stupid enough to hire him.
I just hope your opinion isn't based on the really tired "he won the SB with Dungy's players" argument. He won with Brad freaking Johnson as his starting QB. Yes...I don't care how good your D is....it's Brad Johnson. Dungy was lucky to win one with Peyton Manning.
I thought Miles had a "damn strong" football team?
are unbelievably complex. He would have to "dumb down" everything he's been working on for his entire career to coach in college. I just don't see him as a good fit for the college game because of what his strengths are as a coach. This guy will definitely get back into the NFL, though. He has a group of coaches who all get up at 5am during the week and break down film. They study trendy offensive/defensive schemes, and work the same kind of hours that full time coaches work. This guy lives, eats, breathes, sh*ts football - and even though he's a good MNF announcer, you will see him coaching a team probably as soon as next year.