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CBS Sports lists Kentucky as #1 destination for Les Miles

As soon as Les Miles was fired from LSU just over a week ago, fans across the bluegrass immediately started linking the 2007 NCAA championship-winning coach to Kentucky. Many scoffed at the possibility at the time, but it seems now some of the major media outlets are bringing the idea to light, even considering Mark Stoops’ $12 million buyout ($18 million with staff). believes it’s extremely possible that should Mark Stoops get fired this season at Kentucky, Les Miles could be packing his bags and heading to Lexington. Check out their rationale:

1. Kentucky: Given the current state of affairs in Lexington, I have a hard time seeing Kentucky bring back Mark Stoops for a fifth season. Stoops is currently 14-26 with the Wildcats, and 5-21 in SEC play, so barring some kind of major turnaround, his job is in serious jeopardy.

And if Stoops is fired, you have to think Miles would be a name Kentucky is interested in, and Kentucky would be a job Miles is interested in. It’s an SEC gig, but it’s in the SEC East where Miles wouldn’t have to deal with Nick Saban every season, and facing Nick Saban every year is one of the main reasons Miles is currently unemployed.

Also, the expectations at Kentucky wouldn’t be nearly as high. Think of this as a situation not all that different than Steve Spurrier going to South Carolina, without the NFL stop. Kentucky fans would worship Miles if he just made the football program competitive on an annual basis.

Before anyone gets extremely worked up about bringing in a high profile name like Les Miles, remember why he was fired at LSU in the first place. He brings in some of the top talent in the nation year after year, but has somehow found a way to underachieve in Baton Rouge the past few seasons. The Tiger fanbase demands to compete for championships year after year, and the Music City and Texas Bowls in each of the past two seasons just doesn’t cut it.

Kentucky has been recruiting fairly well in the Stoops era, but it doesn’t even compare with what Miles has brought to LSU. What would Miles do with UK-caliber talent? Would he be able to bring in elite recruits like he did at LSU?

Beyond that, his offenses have been atrocious, even with superstar-level talent like Leonard Fournette and Malachi Dupri this year, and his inability to develop talent at QB just doesn’t make any sense. His offensive schemes seem to come straight out of the 1970s, and if they didn’t work with LSU-caliber talent, I don’t know how they’d be able to work anywhere else. Wherever his next stop may be, Kentucky or elsewhere, he needs to completely revamp his offense or get an offensive genius (not named Bo Schembechler) to take the reigns. Immediately.

Then again, the dude did win a National Championship, has a career winning percentage of 72%, has averaged over 10 wins a season in his time at LSU, has gone to 14 consecutive bowls as head coach, and recruits at a ridiculous level. His success speaks for itself, and Kentucky managing to come anywhere close to that would easily make him go down as one of the greatest coaches in UK football history.


Would it be a home run hire to bring Les Miles to Kentucky?



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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30 Comments for CBS Sports lists Kentucky as #1 destination for Les Miles

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    5:07 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    Belichick or bust for me…

    • Cats Other Paw
      5:34 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      The only coach out there who could possibly make Kentucky into a winner is Art Briles … and I would LOVE for him to coach UK. He’s been a winner everywhere he’s been, including high school. Everywhere he’s coached was an embarrassing doormat until he got there and turned them into a powerhouse. If he can make Baylor, a non-entity trash-heap of a football program into a national power, he could do the same at UK. Briles never had Top 25 recruiting classes at Baylor, either. People and SJWs are going to whine and complain about his mistakes handling off-the-field issues, but if that’s the measuring stick then there would be very few squeaky clean coaches and nearly all of them are terrible. You can’t get a worse reputation than Petrino, and he’s worked out pretty well. The truth is, Barnhart doesn’t have the stones to hire Briles. Hence, UK will continue their annual pre-season daydreaming of being bowl eligible each year and keep putting coaches in the hall of fame with career 0.454 winning percentages.

    • cats paw
      5:41 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      between you making a play off my name and UKBigBoard posting as me every day, im starting to feel a bit famous. this is the real cats paw and i approve of your message!!

    • Chesters Daddy
      7:14 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      Cats paw I seen were u said u would hook me up with some tickets here I am brother

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:49 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      cats paw: Don’t worry – I have someone using a play on my name, too. And I’ve been here much longer than your troll ass has. I don’t need to post as you; you say dumb enough shit as it is. 😉

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    • cats paw
      7:59 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      lmao…just to know that me and Louisville live in your head rent free 24hrs/day is all the joy i need in life!!

    • Chesters Daddy
      8:18 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      Lmao screw Louisville only thing u could give me from Louisville is there football coach lol

  2. jaws2
    5:15 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    Miles built his success on recruiting. Unfortunately for us, we’re in KY, not LA. Check out the LSU roster list of in state players who are playing. LA has more in state Div 1 or SEC talent in one year than KY has in 10. I really doubt he’ll get kids from LA to play in what they perceive as the frozen tundra of KY. Just not going to happen.

  3. tlwood43
    5:16 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    “…go down as the greatest coach in UK football history.” You do know we had a guy named Bear Bryant for a while, don’t you?

    • cjustice23
      5:28 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      Bear Bryant won 60 games at UK, in this hypothetical if Les Miles had any kind of success he could be the winningest coach in UK football history.

    • Cats Other Paw
      5:30 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      Obviously, he has no clue Bear coached the Wildcats. Bear went 60-23-6 at UK, winning over 70% of his games here. Les Miles won over 70% of his games at LSU with annual Top 5 recruiting classes; he wouldn’t get those recruits here, especially with his garbage offenses.

    • Jack Pilgrim
      5:37 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      Bear Bryant coached for eight years, won 60 games for UK, but mainly associated with Bama. I changed it to “one of the best,” but meant Miles in terms of longevity, similar recruiting success, etc.

  4. Cats Other Paw
    5:25 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    I wanted/want Stoops to succeed. Truthfully, I just want Kentucky football to succeed … desperately.

    If you’ve ever wondered why Kentucky football is so awful, look around our league and see the standard that other SEC football programs and athletic directors hold themselves to as compared to us at Kentucky:

    LSU fired a head coach with a 0.770 career winning percentage
    Tennessee ousted a head coach with a 0.745 career winning percentage
    Georgia ousted a head coach with a 0.740 career winning percentage
    Auburn fired head coaches with 0.680 and 0.635 career winning percentages
    Arkansas fired a head coach with a 0.667 career winning percentage
    South Carolina head coach “resigned” with a 0.637 career winning percentage
    Mississippi fired a head coach with a 0.603 career winning percentage
    Florida fired a head coach with a 0.571 career winning percentage
    Texas A&M fired head coaches with 0.533 and 0.500 career winning percentages

    . . . Kentucky inducted a head coach to their Hall of Fame 0.454 career winning percentage.

    • Chesters Daddy
      7:20 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      We are the laughing stock of Sec and can’t see it cause we are fans we had 89 total rushing yards and to here stoops they tore it up we will always be 3rd best team in my as long as stoops is here

  5. UKBlueGreen
    5:32 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    Did I miss something? Has the University made a statement on replacing Stoops?

    • Bluebloodtoo
      5:36 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      If you read the article, you’d probably be able to answer your own question.

    • UKBlueGreen
      5:41 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      I read the article.

    • Luether
      7:10 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      Maybe you should read it again…

  6. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    5:35 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    $18 Million in buyouts PLUS salaries for Miles and his staff? I don’t see that happening….

    • Cats Other Paw
      5:45 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      … hence us always being a doormat: it’s cost-effective. Other SEC schools will shell out $14 million for a stadium video board, Kentucky wouldn’t pay that for a winning staff. UofL is Top 10 in the nation in football staff salaries, UK isn’t in the Top 30. There is a reason UofL, and the SEC, humiliates us annually.

  7. AGSlater
    5:46 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    The guy has tons of HEAD coaching experience. Unlike Stoops. I personally would love to see him here. You are crazy if you think otherwise. I doubt we would ever get him. He would probably be the best available out there that would actually consider taking the job. Or we can give Stoops another extension. # Teamdarryl

  8. bigtaters6957
    5:57 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    Hiring Miles would be like the second coming of Bill Curry. 3 names UK should look at if Stoops is not retained, PJ Fleck, Willy Taggert, Jeff Brohm. James Franklin or Charlie Strong would make great hires if either are canned this year as well.

    • Kyblue34
      6:38 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      I was thinking the exact same thing – Bill Curry, Part II. Miles was a good coach for LSU in his prime, but ever since winning the championship in 2008, it’s like his teams have just been on cruise control – good but not great. Miles’ style of football is basic smash mouth at the LOS which worked at LSU because he had mostly 4 & 5 star recruits right in his backyard. This style will absolutely not work at UK – never has and never will.

  9. Bob Sacamano
    6:11 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    To get maximum value out of his contract, UK has Stoops for another 2 years. Nothing is going to happen until 2019. Les Miles will be hired by somebody by February. I’m thinking Steve Sarkisian should be finishing his 12th step in late 2018, and be a viable candidate that better fits UK’s timeline.

  10. TheBluegrassKid
    6:22 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    Les Miles had the same problem that Will Muschamp had at Florida and is having again at South Carolina. Both coaches are committed to an offensive coordinator that doesn’t produce and therefore all the pressure is put on the defense. If both schools had better offensive play both coaches still have their old jobs.

  11. Sea Bass
    7:27 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    Miles/Kiffin 2017

  12. ukkatzfan
    7:35 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    Only good option for UK is to keep Stoops. Too many of you are looking at the grass on the other side of the fence.

    • Chesters Daddy
      8:55 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

      So your happy with 4&5 win seasons if we keep stoops it’s all down hill 4&5 star recruits are already coming out turning us down publicly there not dumb they are seeing what stoops is doing with talent he don’t put them in the position’s to succeed, improve, and most of all win

  13. maximsm
    7:57 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    Sounds good to me fire stoops after we loose to vandy..hire him fine by me

  14. maximsm
    7:58 pm October 3, 2016 Permalink

    Charlie Strong is close to being fired also