LINCOLN — Les Miles’ son will be a Nebraska freshman next season, and Miles would love to come watch some Husker games as fullback Ben Miles starts his college career.

Only it was obvious Friday that Miles, 63, also would like to be back on somebody’s sideline again before too long, if possible.

“I want to coach football,” Miles said. “That’s pretty simple. I want an opportunity at a place that can win and a place where they really want to invest in the players. If they do that, I’m good.”

The former LSU and Oklahoma State coach met with reporters after speaking Friday at the annual Nebraska spring coaches clinic. A few minutes into his hour-long talk, Miles slipped on a white NU baseball cap that he was still wearing when he left the Hawks Center.

Miles is excited about his son starting a new chapter in his life — and joining a storied program — but also not ready to give up on his own career that included him becoming one of the more visible and colorful figures in the sport.

Miles had held the LSU job since replacing Nick Saban in 2005 but was fired last September after an 18-13 loss at Auburn left the Tigers 2-2. His time in Baton Rouge included a national championship in 2007, SEC championships in 2007 and ’11 and an overall record of 114-34.

Nothing worked out in the offseason — with Miles most seriously linked to the Purdue opening — but he said the wheels were in motion.

“I saw several schools,” he said. “It’s not like I didn’t look into things.”

Asked if he would be picky with his next stop or just itching to get back, Miles said: “It can be a different style of job, but then I’m going to be picky about the people that I work with and those things. All I need is an athletic director and a president that says, ‘Yeah, I want to be the best.’ ”

The game continues to evolve, Miles said, but the fundamental principles never change. And he believes some time stepping back over the last six months might even help him for the future.

“I’m probably a better coach today than I was when I left LSU, and I was certainly a better coach in my last years at LSU than I was in my first years,” he said.

Miles didn’t know Nebraska coach Mike Riley personally in the past, but that relationship changed once Ben Miles started getting recruited by the Huskers. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound fullback committed to NU last July and signed in February.

Les Miles called his son “the most independent man I’ve ever been around,” so the decision to leave Baton Rouge for Lincoln was made without much help.

“I went with him, and he said, ‘Dad, I like Nebraska,’ ” Miles said. “And I said, ‘Me, too.’ And I really just didn’t have to get much further than that.”

It also helped that Miles felt so good about Ben landing in a program run by Riley.

“Everything that I knew, that I heard about him, was that he was a special person and a person that your son would enjoy playing for,” Miles said. “That made a tremendous difference. All the people that I know who know Mike give him a great rating.”

Miles told a story Friday of his son constantly carrying around a football as a kid. He vouched for both his love of the game and strong work ethic.

“He’s miserable about today because you know why? He didn’t get to work out,” Miles said.

Some other notes from Miles, who spoke to about 500 coaches on the topic of physicality being a must no matter what your team is doing offensively:

» Tanner Lee picked Nebraska last winter, but Miles said LSU took a look at the quarterback when Lee announced plans to leave Tulane after two seasons: “I think Tanner had the ability to throw it, and he was really coming into his own in terms of decision-making. And he was pretty physical. I thought that he was a guy that we really needed to look at.”

» Miles was 1-4 vs. Nebraska as a Colorado assistant from 1982 to ’86, then 1-2 against the Huskers during his time as offensive coordinator and head coach at Oklahoma State. He still remembers crossing paths with a woman during his first visit to Memorial Stadium as he walked under the bleachers to the field.

“She said, ‘Young fella,’ and I looked at her, and she says, ‘Good luck today,’ ” Miles said. “These people are just unbelievably nice. They were nice, but the Cornhuskers were not.”

» The NU program hasn’t changed, he said, although Memorial Stadium has gone through a couple of facelifts.

“I think there’s the same drive for excellence that’s been here in the past,” Miles said. “I tell you one thing, the facilities have got a really beautiful look to them. I can remember the old stadium, and this new stadium is spectacular.”

» Asked if he would have liked to coach his son, Miles replied: “Yeah, you bet your bottom. I promise you this, if we had won about 11 games (last season), I’d have put a last-minute rush on him. Heck, I knew his mom.”

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