CORVALLIS — According to multiple sources, former LSU and Oklahoma State football coach Les Miles is interested in the Oregon State football job.
Miles, 63, compiled a 114-34 overall record in 11-plus seasons at LSU, earning a pair of Southeastern Conference titles (2007, 2011) and the 2007 national championship. His .770 winning percentage at LSU exceeds legendary coaches Nick Saban (.750) and Charles McClendon (.692).
Miles, who was fired after a 2-2 start to the 2016 season, currently works as a color analyst for Fox Sports.
“I felt like this time away helped me resolve some issues with where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do,” Miles said during a recent interview with Bleacher Report. “It’s pretty obvious now what I want to do. I want to hire a great staff and chase a national championship at a place that wants this pursuit. I want to recruit again. I want an AD and president to say, ‘I’m with you, let’s go do this.’ I want them with me.”
A two-year letterman for Bo Schembechler at Michigan (1974-75), Miles began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1980. He was Oklahoma State’s head coach from 2001 to 2004, going 28-21 with a pair of victories over rival Oklahoma.
Miles led LSU from 2005 to 2016 and went 62-28 in SEC play. His teams finished in the Associated Press Top 25 nine times, including five top-10 rankings.
Prior to Miles’ tenure, the Cowboys had suffered three consecutive losing seasons with a combined record of 13-26. Miles went 4-7 in his first year before taking Oklahoma State to three straight bowl games.
The former offensive lineman was the AP Big 12 coach of the year in 2002 and the SEC and national coach of the year in 2011.
Current NFL stars Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Leonard Fournette are among the numerous All-Americans Miles tutored at LSU.
The Tigers’ defense routinely ranked among the nation’s elite under Miles while the offense tailed off toward the end of his tenure. LSU’s passing attack ranked 116th nationally in 2014 and 106th in the 2015.
Oregon State and former head coach Gary Andersen mutually agreed to part ways in October following a blowout loss at USC. Andersen finished 7-23 overall in 21⁄2 seasons with the Beavers.
Interim head coach Cory Hall is 0-3 as Oregon State (1-8) readies for its matchup with Arizona (6-3) on Saturday.
Oregon State officially posted the head coach position on Monday. The full consideration application deadline is Nov. 20.
According to the post, applicants should have a minimum of three years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I or NFL level. The position is described as 50 percent coaching, 25 percent recruiting, 10 percent leadership and vision, 5 percent budgetary oversight, 5 percent equipment and 5 percent fundraising.