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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Les Miles turned down an offer to coach at his alma mater, Michigan, in 2011, according to former LSU?athletic director Skip Bertman.Les Miles turned that job down for more money at Michigan. He turned it down, Bertman said Wednesday during a two-hour interview on the Sports Today radio show on Baton Rouges ESPN Radio affiliate, 104.5 FM. He would never say that because hes a very humble guy. But I was there; he turned it down.Will-he-or-wont-he Michigan rumors surrounded Miles LSU tenure for many years, with his name popping up each time the Wolverines had a coaching vacancy. Miles famously denied interest in the job at an impromptu news conference before the 2007 SEC championship game, and he remained at LSU for 11-plus seasons through his firing on Sunday.Then-Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon -- previously the CEO of Dominos Pizza -- indicated at the time that he opposed hiring Miles, but Bertman reiterated that Miles truly could have returned to Ann Arbor, where he played and coached under the legendary Bo Schembechler.I swear to God thats true. He turned it down, Bertman said. LSU had just given him this new contract, and the president of Dominos Pizza flew down on a Dominos plane and offered him [the Michigan job], and he says, Youve got to tell me tonight, Les, because if you dont say yes, Im going to get Brady Hoke. And sure enough, he took off and the next day you read in the paper that he hired Brady Hoke.The Miles-Michigan connections were among the subjects Bertman covered in a wide-ranging interview that offered insight into his seven years as LSUs athletic director -- a period that included Nick Sabans time as football coach in Baton Rouge and Bertmans 2004 search to find Sabans replacement. Bertmans account was particularly relevant, given that LSU is now in the middle of another coaching search, and names such as former LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher and even Saban himself are being floated.When Saban arrived at LSU in 2000, he was not the coaching heavyweight he is today. Bertman called Saban LSUs miracle man for turning an underperforming Tigers program into the 2003 BCS champion.Bertman said the Miami Dolphins offer to Saban in 2004 was too lucrative for LSU to match, and the coach departed for the NFL despite not wanting to leave LSU.I went to Nick and we spoke and I said, Look at Bobby Petrino, Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, said Bertman, who won five NCAA titles as LSUs baseball coach. I gave him all the coaches. I said, I could never do Major League Baseball, because Im a screamer like you are. ... I tried my best. You know what he said? He said, If I dont take this offer, Ill never get another one, because this is the best offer ever given to a college football coach. Although Bertman said he is fond of Saban and his wife, Terry, he admits Saban was not the easiest person to work with. That made the sunnier Miles, who had a young family when Bertman hired him in late 2004, a stark change of pace.[Saban] deserves a lot of credit in his five years. He did what we asked him to do, and we did what he asked us to do, and he asks a lot, Bertman said. I would say at the end of five years, he can wear you down. At the end of five years, I knew exactly what was going to happen: I couldnt get another guy like Saban. That wasnt going to happen. But I needed a guy that had the maturity to [ignore] where somebody says, Hes not Saban, and [Miles] handled it.?And Les is a wonderful family guy, hes got a lot of maturity, hes got great character. And no, he didnt change the offense, OK, enough to make those people happy. On the other hand, he did do a wonderful job for 12 years.Bertman rattled off a long list of candidates that LSU considered in some capacity when Saban left for the Dolphins:* Louisville coach Bobby Petrino rubbed him the wrong way.* Bertman liked the idea of hiring Steve Spurrier if Saban left, but Spurrier was impatient and accepted the South Carolina?job in November, a month before Bertman hired Miles.* Virginia Tech?coach Frank Beamer did not seem interested in the job.* President George H.W. Bush personally called to vouch for ex-Texas A&M?coach R.C. Slocum, but Bertman didnt consider him a viable candidate.Other possibilities he mentioned included Houston Nutt, Rich Rodriguez, Bobby Williams and Jack Del Rio. In fact, Bertman said he finally sold LSU search committee members on Miles while they sat waiting for Del Rio to gain permission from Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver to even speak with LSU.I said, Lets drop the football for just a second and lets just take character, so we dont have an incident or a scandal like theyve had at Alabama and Arkansas and many other places, Bertman said. In other words, Gary Barnett had just been in this scandal, and I said, This guys not going to run away with a cheerleader, and couple other examples that I used. Well, everybody liked that. I said, This guys promised me that hes going to graduate players. Hes going to discipline those that [misbehave]. So I had a chance to speak for him.Bertman said he angered Fisher, who was LSUs offensive coordinator at the time, by not interviewing him to replace Saban because he wanted a candidate with head-coaching experience. However, he remains fond of Fisher and said, If they can get him to come back, its worth every penny.Bertman strongly advised Miles to retain Fisher as his offensive coordinator in 2005, although he now believes that was an error in judgment. Fisher worked under Miles for two seasons before leaving to become Florida States offensive coordinator and, later, head-coach-in-waiting, after the 2006 season.It didnt work well because they were two offensive guys that had different offensive philosophies, which was my mistake, Bertman said.As for LSUs job opening, Bertman expressed doubt that athletic director Joe Alleva could lure heavyweights such as Saban, Fisher, Ohio States Urban Meyer or Michigans Jim Harbaugh to the school.He said, though, that LSU will almost certainly aim for a sitting head coach, adding that it would be complicated to pursue a coach such as Houstons Tom Herman or any other prospective candidate with so much time left in the season.Im certainly not second-guessing this move -- Im for whatever LSU does -- but in this case, Joe will make his own decision based on the people who are available, Bertman said. Now, you may not know, I may not know, who all those people are because they dont want their names out there. So if Tom Herman is the guy, he doesnt want to hurt the Houston backing by saying, Im looking for this, and then not get the job and go back. So its a very hard thing to do. Cheap MLB Jerseys . The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic . LOUIS -- St. http://www.cheapnationalsjerseys.com/ . -- Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSUs offence this early in the season is a matter for debate. Cheap Nationals Jerseys . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. Cheap Washington Nationals Jerseys . Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services.It remains the least favourite part of Jim Barkers job: Telling a player he doesnt fit into the teams plans. But it got even more difficult Saturday when the Toronto Argonauts general manager had to deliver the bad news to defensive tackle Kevin Huntley, a four-year CFL veteran who helped the squad capture the historic 100th Grey Cup title last season. Stay with TSN.ca for all the latest cuts as teams trim their rosters down to the 46-player limit ahead of the regular season. "It was probably the hardest cut Ive had in three years here because I love Kevin," Barker said. "Its the worst part of the job and this is the most difficult day of the year because its always difficult to tell a guy this isnt going to be the place for him. "But there comes a point where you have to make difficult decisions and then you move forward and thats what weve done." Former Argos defensive lineman Ricky Foley, who signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the off-season as a free agent, echoed Barkers sentiment. "I had cutdown day," Foley tweeted. "So many good relationships formed over the yrs and T.C...Blessings & Good Luck 2all the players looking 4new teams." Toronto also released linebacker Bryan Payton, running back Gerald Riggs Jr. and receiver Reggie Williams as teams had until 10 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their active rosters to 46 players. Clubs could carry up to nine players on the practice roster. Two notable veterans were among the Calgary Stampeders final 10 cuts: defensive end Stevie Baggs and running back LaMarcus Coker. The 31-year-old Baggs was entering his 12th CFL season with his fifth team and joined the Stampeders last season after being released by the eventual Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens. The six-foot, 190-pound Coker rushed for 380 yards over two seasons with Calgary but averaged an outstanding 8.4 yards per carry. Another notable release was linebacker Clint Kent in Edmonton. The regular season kicks off Thursday night with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hosting the Montreal Alouettes at new Investors Group Field. The Argos begin their title defence Friday night at Rogers Centre against their arch rivals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The six-foot-eight, 305-pound Huntley has 26 career sacks, but only had two last year. Still, the 31-year-olds departure was surprising given the Argos opened training camp minus defensive line regulars Ron Flemons (released), Armondo Armstead (New England Patriots, NFL), Foley and Adriano Belli (retired). However, Barker said veteran tackle Khalif Mitchell -- obtained this off-season from B.C. -- rookies Jonathan Williams and Cleyon Laing and newcomer Jermaine Reid (trade with Edmonton) all were impressive. "For two spots we had a lot of players that we liked so thats what it came down to," Barker said. "I still think he (Huntley) can play in this league. "We felt like we had a couple of other guys that augmented what were trying to do better." Riggs, the son of former NFL star running back Gerald Riggs, was entering his second season with Toronto. But the Argos opted to go with Curtis Steele, a five-foot-11, 206-pound rookie from Memphis as the backup to incumbent Chad Kackert, last years Grey Cup MVP. "Curtis is a good, young player that well groom behind Chad," Barker said. "Gerald Riggs had a good pre-season as well, he did everytthing that was asked of him and was very good.dddddddddddd "We just felt to go younger with Curtis. Hes a different kind of back than Gerald and felt that was a better fit for us and we dont have the luxury of keeping three." Barker also said Toronto will start the season with defensive back Brent Vinson and receiver Romby Bryant on the injured list after both were hurt in Thursday nights 24-20 exhibition win over Montreal. Vinson will require surgery for a broken ankle and is expected to miss four months, while Bryant is out indefinitely with six broken ribs. Bryant signed with Toronto this off-season shortly after being granted his release by Calgary. The 33-year-old spent three-plus seasons with the Stampeders, registering 211 catches for 3,028 yards and 22 touchdowns before adding two receptions for 31 yards in the clubs 35-22 Grey Cup loss to the Argos. Over five CFL seasons, the six-foot-one, 191-pound Bryant has 295 career receptions for 4,428 yards and 31 TDs. On a more pleasant note, Barker said all-star cornerback Pat Watkins passed his physical and should begin practising this week. Watkins missed all of training camp dealing with personal matters in Florida. Elsewhere, Winnipeg let 21 players go Saturday just two days after dropping a lopsided 52-0 exhibition decision to Hamilton. Included in the cuts was quarterback Chase Clement, meaning Justin Goltz and newcomer Max Hall will back up veteran starter Buck Pierce. Saskatchewan also released 21 players, including defensive back Eddie Russ, who re-signed with the Riders rather than become a free agent after registering 33 tackles and two interceptions in 2012. Also let go were long-snapper Jordan Matechuk and kicker Brody McKnight, both CFL veterans. Hamilton made a series of moves. Defensive tackle Torrey Davis, offensive lineman Marc Dile and defensive back Terrence Parks were added to the roster while quarterback Chris Amrhein, defensive back Emanuel Davis, receivers Justin Hilton, Simon Le Marquand and Eric McCree, linebacker Nick Rosamonda and defensive linemen Eze Obiora, Donovan Robinson and Matt Singletary -- the son of former NFL star linebacker Mike Singletary -- were all released. Defensive backs Raymond Brown -- who had three interceptions, including one that was returned 115 yards for a TD against Winnipeg -- Erik Harris (who had an interception and fumble recovery versus the Bombers), Harold Mutobola (who scored a TD against Winnipeg) and Arthur Hobbs, linebacker Phillippe Dubuisson-Lebon, offensive linemen Mike Filer and Landon Rice, receivers Lyle Leong and Ouslet Volcy were added to the practice roster. Defensive back Michael Daley has been suspended. The B.C. Lions released receiver Elvis Akpla, defensive tackle Chris Clady, tackle Ben Ossai, linebacker Glenn Love, kicker-punter Steven Shott and safety Bobby Davis and placed offensive lineman Adam Baboulas on the nine-game injured list. Calgary also placed defensive back Adam Berger, linebacker Alvin Bowen, defensive linemen Luis Vasquezand Marvin Booker, running backs Jonathan Williams and Charlie Power, offensive linemen Billy Peach and NaShan Goddard and receiver Yannick Morin-Plante on the practice roster. On Friday, the Montreal Alouettes released 11 players, including quarterback Quinton Porter, who spent his first five CFL seasons in Hamilton before being released and signing a three-year deal with the Als. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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