This afternoon 247Sports is reporting that Les Miles and P.J. Fleck are both “focal points” in the search to replace the fired Darrell Hazell. First, here is what they had to say about Miles:
Miles, one source says, is telling potential employers including Purdue that he intends to bring current Alabama offensive analysts Steve Sarkisian and Mike Locksley to serve on his offensive staff. One source told 247Sports that under Miles' sales pitch, Sarkisian, the former USC head coach, would serve as Miles’ principal play-caller while Locksley, the former New Mexico head coach, would likely serve as a run-game coordinator.
Hey, sounds good to me, as it would bring some big time experience to the positions. the downside is the nature in which Sarkisian left USC, but as long as he has his personal issues in order I am fine with it.
Here is what they have to say about Fleck:
As for the 35-year-old Fleck, sources say that he is intrigued by the Purdue job - but that he’s waiting to see what other opportunities emerge. In particular, two different sources said he is intrigued by the possibility of North Carolina opening, should Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora take another job. Fedora’s name has been mentioned, in particular, for LSU and Texas. He could also find himself in the FSU and Oregon searches, should those schools open.
It would be astounding if FSU opened, but Oregon likely will, and they have a load more resources than Purdue has even with the Big Ten money. What makes Purdue attractive to Fleck is that he has five kids here in the Midwest and moving on to Purdue would be able to keep him much closer to his family. Is that the “intriguing” aspect he was referring to? Who knows.
Personally, these two guys are my top two choices. Fleck is going to be the hot young rising name of the year, is a proven builder, and has the potential for a really high upside. Miles would bring the experience and wants to bring the backing of powerful assistance. If Purdue is able to land either one it is a true sign they are for real about actually competing.
If it goes to Holtz, Olson, or a similar milquetoast choice then Burke clearly made the hire.