Updated 10:25 a.m. Thursday
Les Miles begins his role in the media this fall on SEC Network.
The network announced that Miles will serve as a guest analyst during Week 1 on SEC Nation, the network's traveling pregame show. The show is originating from Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 2 ahead of the season opener between Miles' alma mater, Michigan, and Florida.
Miles’ former running back, Derrius Guice, will be featured in an in-depth story reported by Rutledge, the network announced.
Get ready, America.
Les Miles is coming to your television screen.
LSU’s former quirky, colorful coach plans to serve as a college football analyst this fall. He is in the final stages of deciding on several television opportunities, Miles told The Advocate on Wednesday night.
“I’m going to be in media and in a number of different places,” he said, “and I’m going to have a blast.”
Miles, a 63-year-old who still lives in Baton Rouge, declined to reveal what networks had extended him contract offers, but he confirmed that he visited at least one network, FOX. Wherever he ends up, the coach expects to serve as both a studio analyst and a color man during games.
Could he call LSU football games?
“I don’t think there’s any question,” he said. “Heck, I think I’m going to root for every guy I recruited. That’s everybody, minus a few linebackers. I’d be honest and fair in evaluation, but I’d also be purposefully enjoying watching those Tigers.”
Miles led LSU to 114 wins in 11½ seasons, winning the 2007 national championship and Southeastern Conference titles in 2007 and 2011. The university fired him four games into the 2016 season. The school owed him, at the time of his firing, more than $9 million in buyout money.
Miles’ passion for coaching has not left, he said Wednesday night. He still hopes to land a coaching job after the 2017 season, and he’s spent the spring and summer preparing for that opportunity.
Miles was reportedly a candidate for several jobs late last fall, including open gigs at Houston, Minnesota and Purdue.
“I have put time in and I’m so much more prepared to coach than I am to … there are things I know about a college football game that, frankly, I prepared a lifetime to know,” he said. “I look forward to leading a team onto the field.”
LSU’s depth problem on the offensive side of the ball has sparked a position move.
For now, though, he’ll have to settle for joining a business — the media — that for decades has playfully mocked his wacky vernacular and unusual anecdotes.
Miles expects to work for multiple networks, he said, and he hopes to show off the football knowledge that saw his Tigers finish ranked in the top 25 in all but two seasons.
“I’m a guy who knows a lot about football,” Miles said. “Certainly the situations and adjectives that describe college football are going to be something I’m easily accustomed to. I’ll be able to tell you after the first quarter what thoughts are going through the coach’s mind.
“I’m also a guy new to the business,” he added. “I want to be one of the best, not (just) calling the game, but I’d like to be very accurate.”
Miles has a meeting scheduled with network personnel Thursday, he said, and he’s scheduled for more traveling after that.
“There’s a lot going on,” he said. “Every week it’s a little different. Going to go visit a couple of colleges and NFL camps and preparing my knowledge of the game and enjoying a different calendar.”