1. Les Miles
Miles was a mid-season firing by LSU last year, and it was a foregone conclusion he would quickly get another job somewhere for this year. But it was not to be, and Miles is in line to do television work himself during the 2017 season.
Over his 11-plus seasons at LSU, Miles had a 114-34 record (62-28 in SEC play), including a national title in 2007 and a 7-4 record in bowl games. But things had been trending downward, particularly with an old school, run-first offense and a lack of good quarterback play. So after a proverbial “losing coach gets fired” game against Auburn and Gus Malzahn in September, the school did not see the point in waiting any longer to dismiss Miles.
“The Mad Hatter” should be a great fit for television, with analysis that regularly straddles the line between astute and outrageous. He may even find the lower stress work to his liking, but the old adage of “once a coach, always a coach” may as well have Miles’ picture next to it someplace.
Miles is all but certain to be coaching somewhere in 2018. His familiarity with the SEC should help make him the top candidate for the permanent job at Ole Miss, and athletic director Ross Bjork should not seriously move to others on his list unless Miles is hesitant or he says no.