63 Days: A Look Back At Former Michigan Player and Coach Les Miles

Our Countdown to Kickoff resumes with a look back at former Michigan player and coach Les Miles!

College
  • Played Offensive Lineman
  • Was a two-year letterman under Bo Schembechler for the 1974-1975 seasons
  • Part of the 1974 10-1 team that tied with Ohio State for 1st in the Big Ten Conference
Coaching
  • In 1980, Miles returned to Michigan as an Assistant to Bo
  • After Bill McCartney obtain the head coaching position at the University of Colorado in 1982, he hired Miles as an Offensive Line Coach
  • Miles returned to Michigan as an OL Coach to Bo in 1987, where he stayed until 1994
  • Helped coached the Wolverines to eight consecutive winning seasons, including 4 Rose Bowls
  • Around the same time Gary Moeller lost out on the Head Coaching position, Miles was hired at Oklahoma State as an Offensive Coordinator from 1995-1997
  • Made his Pro-Coaching debut with the Dallas Cowboys coaching the Tight Ends from 1998-2000
  • In 2001, Miles returned to Oklahoma State. This time as Head Coach
  • After the 2004 season, Miles was hired to replace Nick Saban at LSU
  • Les Miles has a current 139-53 record(72%) in his head coaching career.
  • His current contract is up in 2019. Salary reported to be $4.3 Million annually, plus performance bonuses
  • Miles has played in two National Championship games, winning one in 2007 against Ohio State, and has one SEC Conference title and three SEC Division West titles
  • His coaching tree extends out to the likes of Mike Gundy(Oklahoma State), Jimbo Fisher(Florida State), and Bo Pelini(Nebraska Head Coach from 2008-2014)
  • He has been linked to the Michigan Head Coaching position every time it became available, but has denied each time
  • Born on November 10th, 1953 in Elyria, OH. Miles is married with 4 children

Go Blue!

TWD Staff

Stories contributed by staff members of The Wolverine Daily.

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