Make your choice: Les Miles and Dave Doeren reach coaching search bracket finals

It all comes down to this.

After dominating their competition in each of the first four rounds, former LSU and Oklahoma State coach Les Miles and North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren are the only two candidates remaining in our fan-driven KU Football Coaching Search Bracket.

The athletic director at the University of Kansas, Jeff Long would consider himself fortunate if his finalists turn out to be as good as these two.

And, realistically, Long would find himself in a pretty enviable spot if he had a shot at hiring either of the other two coaches who cracked the bracket’s Final 4.

Eliminated in semifinals:

Jeff Monken - Army head coach

Seth Littrell - North Texas head coach

But now that the pool has been whittled down to the two football coaches who most intrigue the KU football fan base it’s time for you to get this fictionalized contract with your favorite candidate finalized.

Fans have all day Tuesday to vote for the champion, so to speak.

— Les Miles - Former LSU and Oklahoma State head coach vs. Dave Doeren - N.C. State head coach —

LES MILES

FILE — Former LSU head coach Les Miles watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

FILE — Former LSU head coach Les Miles watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Miles won 114 games and lost 34 over the course of 11-plus seasons with LSU. He was voted Coach of the Year by the AP in 2011, following his second SEC championship and a 13-0 start to the season. Miles’ Tigers won the national championship in 2007.

His name continues to be the most popular reportedly tied to Long’s search, which is officially in its second week.

Coaching Record Table
Year School G W L T Pct AP Pre AP High AP Post
2001Oklahoma State11470.364
2002Oklahoma State13850.615
2003Oklahoma State13940.6922414
2004Oklahoma State12750.58316
2005LSU131120.846536
2006LSU131120.846833
2007LSU141220.857211
2008LSU13850.61573
2009LSU13940.69211417
2010LSU131120.8462158
2011LSU141310.929412
2012LSU131030.7693214
2013LSU131030.76912614
2014LSU13850.615138
2015LSU12930.75014416
2016LSU4220.5005513
16 YrsOverall197142550.721
4 YrsOklahoma State4928210.571
12 YrsLSU148114340.770
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/11/2018.

DAVE DOEREN

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren reacts during the second half an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack are coming off consecutive losses to Clemson and Syracuse entering Saturday's game against Florida State. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren reacts during the second half an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack are coming off consecutive losses to Clemson and Syracuse entering Saturday's game against Florida State. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Now in his eighth overall season as a head coach, Doeren has won 63 of 100 games and guided his teams to five bowl appearances — with another one on the way this year.

North Carolina State has won the St. Petersburg Bowl, Independence Bowl and Sun Bowl under Doeren's watch.

Unlike Miles, of course, Doeren is an active head coach, currently preparing his Wolfpack (6-3, 3-3) for a Saturday matchup with floundering Louisville.

Whether Long considers Doeren a candidate or would seek him out to fill KU’s vacancy is unknown at this time.

Coaching Record Table
Year School G W L T Pct AP Pre AP High AP Post
2011Northern Illinois141130.786
2012Northern Illinois131210.9231622
2013North Carolina State12390.250
2014North Carolina State13850.615
2015North Carolina State13760.538
2016North Carolina State13760.538
2017North Carolina State13940.6921423
2018North Carolina State9630.66716
8 YrsOverall10063370.630
2 YrsNorthern Illinois272340.852
6 YrsNorth Carolina State7340330.548
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 11/11/2018.

— Now’s your chance. Pick KU football’s next head coach at our bracket: 2018 KU Football Coaching Search Bracket

Comments

Dane Pratt

No Contest, it's Doeren.

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Jim Stauffer

Les Miles hands down.
Doeren has had one good year at P5 in a weak conference when all the perennial powers are down except for Clemson.

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Joe Black

He has had several good years at North Carolina State and two outstanding years at Northern Illinois. He would be a great fit for KU but you can rest easy, he is not coming to KU with the mess our program is in.
Miles is the easy hire and he will do nothing to help the program get better except for maybe get a few more recruits here. His actual coaching skills are minimal at best.

3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Brian Hosfelt

If Miles wanted the job and Long wanted Miles it would of already been a done deal. So none of the above on the last two in the bracket.

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Aaron Paisley

Long is going to announce it's Miles until after the Texas game.

3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Seth Nesmith

If KU got either of these we should consider ourselves lucky!

3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Jeff Kallmeyer

Stay tuned, Les Miles announcement coming...?

3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Joe Black

Doreen would be the best pick but we will never get him.

3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Dirk Medema

Les is obviously a quality coach but I fear that his best days are behind him. The last few years his teams were underwhelming. While a dream compared to where we have been, so is the backyard talent at his disposal. I'm not sure any of that local talent would be following him here the way they have with Coach Hull. There are too many similarities to the previous coach.

It is a little crazy to remember many dreaming 7? years ago about Doeren coming home. What a difference in time. Do you remember the others being dreamt of? What about an article series like that? Where are they now? Or is that a slideshow at the bottom of the page?

3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Len Shaffer

Most of what you say makes sense, but WTF are you talking about when you say "there are too many similarities to the previous coach???"

What POSSIBLE similarities could there be between someone who has a proven track record of tremendous success, including a national championship, and someone who has shown only that he is clueless when it comes to game-day coaching?

3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Dirk Medema

Len - It seems to me you are referring to our current coach and not our previous coach.

One year of exceptional performance. Left powerhouse program after several years of underwhelming results. Older. 5 year swan song into retirement (suggested by others).

3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Len Shaffer

Thanks for clarifying, Dirk. That makes a lot more sense now.

3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Robert Brock

Miles. He turned around a LOUSY Oklahoma State program; chances are, he could do the same at KU.

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