On November 20, 2007, Lloyd Carr announced that he would be stepping down as the head coach of the Michigan Football team effective after their bowl game. Bill Martin, U of M’s Athletic Director at the time, then began a somewhat erratic search for a replacement outside the program. His search ended December 18, 2007, with the announcement that Rich Rodriguez would be taking over at U of M.
What happened exactly between those two dates has been exaggerated several times over. Several coaches names were mentioned during the time frame that were no where near getting offered the position. As much as I would like to point the finger solely at the media and websites creating “views” with their rumor-mongering, some of the responsibility belongs with the candidates.
Les Miles created the belief that Michigan was after him, leveraged him returning to his alma-mater, and scored a contract extension in the process. I still remember to this day hearing multiple insiders say that Miles was a non-factor in the search, only to see Kirk Herbstreit reporting that Miles coming to U of M was a done deal. Who do you think told Herbstreit this fairy tale?
Well today John U. Bacon wrote that Michigan never contacted Les Miles in 2007 and didn’t return his phone calls. Now how could a prominent “Michigan Man” like Miles, who was about to win the national title, not even be given the light of day. To put it eloquently, this wasn’t the first time Miles had used Michigan as leverage. To put it bluntly, if even a fourth of the stories I’ve heard about Miles are true and came to light, not one of you would consider him a “Michigan Man.”
David Brandon, U of M’s current Athletic Director, said during yesterdays press conference that he has been taking suggestions from everyone around Michigan Football. I would assume this includes Lloyd Carr. Martin took suggestions from Carr back in 2007 and never entertained Miles candidacy for a second. The writings on the wall, Miles is staying at LSU.