Desmond Conner, Hartford Courant
If his LSU club beats Alabama for the national title, could it be Lester Edwin Miles?
The Mad-Hatter? Les Miles?
He had some experience at the pro level as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys years ago, but maybe, just maybe, he's ready for that challenge as a top guy at the top level.
Miles is looking at title No. 2 here (2007) next week and already is one of the highest-paid coaches in college, $3.75 million per season excluding performance bonuses.
How many challenges are left for him at this level?
Miles may be perfectly fine with staying at the college level and winning multiple titles. After all, 'Bama Coach Nick Saban was a college success at LSU before going to the NFL, where he didn't last two seasons.
Saban made his decision to go to the Dolphins after a Capital One Bowl loss to Iowa on the final play of the game.
If Miles, who inked a seven-year deal last January, wins the national title next week, with so much shifting in greed-driven college football and perhaps the potential for coaches salaries to be reined in as well, maybe he gives the NFL a look.