Les Miles was relieved of his LSU duties in September and, as of now, remains without a head-coaching job. It’s possible that Miles, 63, will take the 2017 season off and get back into coaching in 2018.
Houston Nutt’s advice? Be careful.
“Well, I’m going to tell you: I’m living proof of it. Watch out,” the CBS Sports Network college football analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I wanted to take a year off and get right back in. I always got calls, and all of a sudden, you don’t get any calls. Les has won a lot of football games. Outstanding coach, as we all know. The only thing I would say is don’t wait too long, Les. You better hurry. Because that merry-go-round goes pretty fast, and with search firms and ADs, they got one thing on their mind: It’s the new, hot, young offensive coordinator that’s scoring about 55 points a game. That’s who they want.”
Nutt also weighed in on Clemson’s 35-31 win over Alabama in the national championship Monday – the last play, in particular. Deshaun Watson found Hunter Renfrow for the game-winning 2-yard touchdown pass with one second to go, but Alabama later complained that Clemson ran a pick to free Renfrow and that offensive pass interference should have been called.
Dabo Swinney disagreed.
“It was ran twice,” Nutt said. “The first one, I didn’t mind. Both corners were very tight on the same level, and the receiver came from outside-in, and he looked. His hands were up and he looked like a receiver. The second one, though, to me, looked like he’s going down, he’s in a blocking position, and to me, that probably could have been called. Of course, I’ve always been an offensive guy. I love the play, especially when it’s tight, but I can see where Nick (Saban) and the guys would say, ‘Hey, where’s the penalty?’”
Of course, pick plays near the goal line are similar to Hail Mary’s in that referees often swallow their whistles in those situations.
“No question, no question,” Nutt said. “Especially on the last play, I really don’t think that’s going to get called, unless it’s just really belligerent where somebody really goes out and tries to block somebody where it’s just so obvious. Otherwise, I don’t think it’s going to be called.”