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Bo to Les Miles: 'You don't want to be a coach'

The Detroit News

When Bo Schembechler talked, people listened. LSU coach Les Miles did. He just didn't heed the legendary Michigan coach's advice.

In an interview with Seth Davis on Campus Insiders, Miles described a conversation with Schembechler when the UM coach tried to dissuade him from coaching.

"You don't want to be a coach. Way too hard. It's not going to pay you a dime. Unless you absolutely have to coach, you need not coach," Schembechler told Miles, who was looking for a coaching position after working in the family's steel business.

LSU head coach Les Miles

Miles refused to be deterred. He pestered Schembechler into hiring him as a graduate assistant, where he spent two years in the early 1980s. He returned as offensive line coach in 1987 after a tenure as an assistant at Colorado.

"I enjoyed my stay at Michigan," Miles said. "I enjoyed the college experience. I realized that is something I wanted to part of for years."

His career trajectory skyrocketed from there, becoming an offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State (1995-97) and tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys (1998-2000) before accepting his first head coaching gig with Oklahoma State in 2001. He became LSU head coach in 2005, leading the Tigers to a national title in 2007.