Purdue is targeting former LSU coach Les Miles and current Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck for its head coach opening. And according to 247 Sports, Miles wants to bring former USC coach Steve Sarkisian along as his offensive coordinator if he takes the Boilermakers’ job.

According to the 247 Sports report, Miles wants Sarkisian as his main play-caller while former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley would be in charge of the run game.

After losing his job at USC last October (for well-documented reasons), Sarkisian joined Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama this season as an offensive analyst.

One reason that led to Miles’ firing at LSU earlier this year was that he struggled to adapt his offense to his talent. Sarkisian has spent his career in college football on the offensive side of the ball as a quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator and head coach.

Purdue is in the midst of its third fourth straight losing season, but with $60 million renovations on the way, it could be an attractive job for a veteran like Miles or a rising star like Fleck.

In 11-plus seasons at LSU, Miles compiled a 114-34 record. Purdue fired Darrell Hazell on Oct. 15 after he went 9-33 through three-plus seasons.

[247 Sports]

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