Another name has surfaced around the coaching vacancy at Minnesota.
On Thursday, it was reported by 120 Sports host Michael Kim that former LSU head coach Les Miles was meeting with officials from Minnesota to discuss the opening. The job became available on Tuesday when Tracy Claeys was fired following his first full season:
Former LSU football coach Les Miles flew to Twin Cities Wed. and is meeting with Univ. of Minnesota officials, sources tell @120Sports.
— Michael Kim (@MichaelKim120) January 5, 2017
Most of the rumors about Minnesota’s opening have been aimed towards Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck and it was actually reported earlier that he also met with University officials regarding the job.
Fleck has been the hot name this season after leading the Broncos to a 13-1 season and a berth in the Cotton Bowl, but Miles would also be a great fit in Minneapolis and the B1G, considering is defensive prowess and his run-first mentality on offense.
It’s also been reported that Minnesota has spoken with Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo
Miles was fired from LSU after the Tigers opened the 2016 season 2-2. He was 114-34 in Baton Rouge with two SEC titles (2007, 2011) and a national championship (2007).
After the Gophers finished the year 9-4 under Claeys – one of their best years in recent memory – it’s imperative that athletic director Mark Coyle bring a big name to Minneapolis to build on a successful foundation. Miles would be that type of hire.
We’ll see how things play out, but right now, it appears Minnesota has its choice of some well-established coaches.