Les Miles is one of the most interesting men in college football. Here are five reasons Miles should replace Lee Corso on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Longtime college football analyst Lee Corso has helped make ESPN’s College GameDay what it is today. His headgear selections have made him a household name decades since he last coached a meaningful college football game. Corso has been great for college football, but it is time for ESPN to look for his eventual successor.
Corso is 81 years old. He’s been on College GameDay forever. Very few people remember him as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals or the Indiana Hoosiers. Corso played for the Florida State Seminoles in the 1950s and Burt Reynolds was his roommate in Tallahassee.
If ESPN is going to make a move to bring in a television personality as dynamic as Corso, there is only one man for the job: former Oklahoma State Cowboys and LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles. Here are five reasons Miles is the clear choice as Corso’s College GameDay successor.
5. Miles is older than you think
Being fired from LSU after a Week 4 loss at Auburn is a tough blow for Miles getting another elite college football coaching job. It’s not that he isn’t qualified to lead a blue-blood program (he absolutely is), but Miles is older than you think.
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Miles is 62 years old with maybe only five more seasons of elite coaching left in him. Even legendary coaches like Steve Spurrier and maybe even Nick Saban don’t have the energy to deal with 20-year-old kids in their late 60s.
Joining the College GameDay staff would be a smooth transition for Miles. He’s good with the media and people find him interesting. Miles could go to another Power 5 school and lay the foundation for something special the next five seasons, but he’s not going to be a 10-year man at that school.
It’s probably good for his coaching legacy to call it a day from the college sidelines and be an introspective analyst. If he goes to another school, he can’t possibly do anything to change his perception as the former head coach at LSU. Should Miles want to be in the same job for the next 12 years in college football, College GameDay is the gig he should covet.