It wasn't that long ago that Les Miles was high on the wish list for Michigan fans. However, he had a good gig going at LSU, a perennial national title contender.
A few good-but-not-great years later, the boosters want to attach a $15M booster rocket to his keister and blast him out of town, offering to pay the school that figure to buy out his contract, his assistants, and the horse he rode in on.
Four years ago, they were playing for the title. Since then, it was 10-3, 10-3, 8-5 and 8-3 this year in the toughest division in the toughest conference. Given the addition of Texas A&M and improved Ole Miss and Mississippi State programs to the SEC West, that's not chopped liver. It's not Alabama, but it's not bad.
Miles tends to play a traditional offense that might look staid in comparison to some of the point-a-minute shiny ponies that show up on the game breaks, but they'd be hard pressed to do better with the mid-major flavor of the day or an offensive coordinator of a trendy school.
There are a number of places that would be glad to have Miles if he were forced out. Miami and USC would be two viable landing spots if he opts to stay in coaching. He might opt to take a year off, go on ESPN's payroll for some commentary work and catch his breath, but he won't be unemployed...not that he's going to have to worry about where his next meal is coming from.