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Ole Miss Should Go After Les Miles

By BJ Bennett
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Given his resume and style, Miles could be the type of coach to pull Ole Miss through its current situation.

Needless to say, the Ole Miss situation is not good. The abrupt resignation of Hugh Freeze, along with the sanctions already in place, mean an uphill climb is quite clearly upcoming for the Rebels, who compete in college football's toughest division. Assistant Matt Luke, a long-time assistant and former center for Ole Miss, has been named the program's interim head coach. Given the timing of the change, the Rebels are obviously very limited in what they can do.

There may be no reciprocal interest whatsoever, but Ole Miss should immediately reach out to former LSU head coach Les Miles. With the Tigers from 2005-2016, Miles claimed two SEC Championships and a national title in Baton Rouge, winning an impressive 77% of his games with LSU. Miles is currently unemployed, though reportedly, per Jacques Doucet of WAFB, plans to do television work this fall. If the Rebels were to somehow hire Miles, Ole Miss would join Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State as the only schools in the country with national championship-winning head coaches.

Miles would bring immediate credibility and stability to a very chaotic set of circumstances. He knows and understands the SEC and what it takes to win, most specifically, in-division. Both regionally and nationally, Miles is a dynamic recruiter, something the Rebels will need to bring in top-talent given the problems at hand; from his previous stop, Miles has great connections in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. He, furthermore, is a known commodity who has earned the benefit of the doubt as a leader and winner alike. 

Given his resume and style, Miles could be the type of coach to pull Ole Miss through its current situation.      

Who knows if Miles would be interested. He may be tired of the unrelenting grind that is the SEC. Understandably, perhaps he would see too many obstacles to overcome in Oxford. Miles may be happy with his media opportunities. Given, especially, that there likely aren't many options for the Rebels, however, at least asking Miles seems like an absolute must.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports