Viewpoint: January 19, 2011

Les Miles sent a very clear message this past week to the LSU football program, the players and the fans. While he may have once been labeled a "Michigan Man," there is no dispute he is now a Tiger.

By choosing not to seek a job at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, Miles has made a commitment that is rare among elite college coaches. He wants to be LSU's head man for the long-term.

Under Miles' regime, the program has been successful on the field, without major incident off the field and certainly has provided more entertainment than anyone could have ever anticipated. For the past six seasons, Miles has guided the Tigers to a 62-17 record, the winningest six-year span by any coach in school history.

While Miles' success will certainly be measured by wins and losses, he has consistently represented LSU with dignity and class, a distinction that should not be overlooked. Miles' tenure, though, has not been without criticism from tiger fans who have the highest of expectations and that will likely continue.

However, his decision to stay does speak to his loyalty and commitment in a profession that, more often than not, seems to lack both. And for that, we say, "Thanks."