Let me say this before i start. I would have no prob with Les Miles as our coach and would support him fully as long as he is coach here if he takes the job. However i do realise that he is not exactly the best guy we can get and after all that talk about Skip"s long list of great coaches that he wants to entice to come here i started thinking. What if this is just a situation where the AD is showing the media and fans one hand while really deal with another. What i meanm is mabey there is a different coach that the AD is after and that coach wants to seriously discuss comming here, but both parties are keeping this quiet so as to protect themselves. There are two good reasons to do this. !) This is benificial to LSU because if they start negotiations with a major coach and things go south we look like we settled when hire our second choice (presumably Miles if he indeed wants the job). This way if we distract the Media by seriously talking with Miles and we talk behind doors with the other coach and lets say we can't come to terms with said coach we look like we got the guy we wanted all along when we hire Miles. 2) This is benificial to Coach x for a number of reasons. Look what happened to Petrino. All he did was talk with LSU and he had fans calling for his head. In the college ranks it is an extreemly bad thing to burn bridges. Also all the recruits need to do is catch wind of a coaching change and all of the sudden some of your verbal commits start reconsidering. No coach want to seriously consider another job while doing damage control at the same time. If the deal falls through recruits may still reconsider because they would realize that you are willing to leave for the right deal. The fans may be able to accept you considering the NFL, but would not forgive so easily you considering other schools. My senario works because of the awckward timing of this search (which is normally done in November leaving everybody ample time for damage control. By the way this is all speculation on my part and is in no way backed up by any source.