Les Miles began his legacy in the SEC when he took over as head coach of LSU in 2005. Prior to that season he had been coaching the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Big 12 Conference, putting together a combined record of (28-21) over his five seasons there. As soon as he was in Louisiana he led LSU to an 11-2 overall record and a final ranking of 11-2 for the season. It was just the beginning of things to come for the LSU Tigers, and the school would sit at the top of the SEC for a few seasons to come.
Les Miles has been in football for a long time, having earned all-state honors in the state of Ohio for Elyria High School. From there he attended the University of Michigan and lettered twice. Miles would later become an assistant coach for Michigan before coaching at Colorado, Michigan again, Oklahoma State, and then in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. Oklahoma State came calling again in 2001 to give him his first head coaching job, and he parlayed that into an even bigger opportunity at LSU starting in the 2005 season. He has remained in LSU, despite rumors in 2007 that he was going to head to the University of Michigan to be their new head coach.
After going 11-2 in his first season as head coach at LSU, Les MIles again had the team playing on all cylinders in 2006, finishing the season with another great bowl win at the Sugar Bowl, and racking up another 11-2 record. In the final polls LSU was ranked #3 in both the ESPN and AP Top 25. It was 2007 when Les MIles suddenly burst on to the national scene as he had LSU at #1 in two different points during the regular season. He had LSU at 10-2 at the end of the season, but due to the #1 and #2 teams losing, and LSU taking home the SEC championship on the last weekend, LSU jumped to #2 in the polls, and was rewarded with a birth in the National Championship game. There LSU beat Ohio State to take home the 1007 National Title.
Les MIles has cemented himself as one of the top coaches in college football, posting a combined 42-11 record in LSU over his first four seasons, and a very impressive 4-0 record in bowl games. Now he returns in 2009 to really make another run at the National Title, and is pinning his hopes on a host of young players that could really pay off in the end if they play up to their talent. Les MIles averages more than 10 wins per season as a coach for LSU, and should be able to easily achieve that again in 2009, and possibly bring with it a few votes for coach of the year in college football.
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