Ann Arbor – Les Miles returned to Michigan, his alma mater, for the first time since his coach Bo Schembechler’s funeral 10 years ago, and was easily the most popular man on campus.
Miles, hounded by former teammates, longtime friends and fans for photographs and a few words, attended Michigan’s final regular-season game against Indiana on Saturday. He was fired earlier this season by LSU, where he won a national championship.
Also making appearances at the game Saturday were legendary sports broadcaster Dick Enberg and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. But Miles, who spent time Saturday with Dan Dierdorf, Jim Brandstatter and Jim Betts, was the draw.
“I have in 20 minutes visited with some of the guys I’ve idolized for a lifetime and spent time with and enjoyed,” Miles said, while dropping by a tailgate hosted by Dick Caldarazzo and John Wangler.
“Coming back is something I will do regularly until I get very busy.”
He wants to coach again. Will he be less busy by 2017?
“I have no idea, I have to be honest,” Miles said. “I can tell you this: I’m looking for a school, an AD, a president that wants to invest in their kids and lock arms and go win a championship.”
He said being at the stadium on Saturday, two days after the 10-year anniversary of Schembechler’s passing, bought back a flood of memories.
“Two hundred yards from here we started talking Bo stories,” Miles said from the tailgate not far from the tunnel of Michigan Stadium. “Everybody had their own stories, everybody had their own thoughts, everybody had their own experiences. I got to Dierdorf’s tent, and it started again and again.
“This is us. This is who we are -- the experience of Michigan, the experience of football and the experience of Bo and Michigan football.”
Miles said he has spoken to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and praised him for the job he has done in his two seasons here.
“He’s doing just what we want him to,” Miles said. “And I say ‘we’ collectively as a bunch of people who love Michigan.”