When Miles was hired, he shifted some of his proposed salary into his staff search, to help attract the assistants he wanted.
It was an unselfish move. And a smart move.
Of Miles' early staff members, three are currently in place as key figures in the continued growth of the program, including head coach Mike Gundy.
Gundy. The former Cowboys quarterback was a finalist for the job when Miles was hired. In a stroke of genius, then-athletic director Terry Don Phillips brought both on board, with Gundy hired to serve as Miles' offensive coordinator. That worked out well.
Joe DeForest. Along with Gundy, DeForest has been at OSU for all 10 seasons of the Cowboys' renaissance, first serving under Miles and then retained as a key member of Gundy's first staff when Miles tried to lure him to Baton Rouge. DeForest is considered a strong defensive backs coach, a dynamic recruiter and one of the nation's top special teams minds.
Todd Monken. When Darrell Wyatt left as wide receivers coach — for, gasp, OU — after just one season, Miles brought in Monken, who molded Rashaun Woods and John Lewis and others into big-play wideouts. Monken went to LSU with Miles before stepping into the NFL, but has returned to the Cowboys as offensive coordinator.
Karl Dunbar. He wasn't in Stillwater for long, but his work with defensive tackles Kevin Williams and LaWaylon Brown and in recruiting impacted the program.
Doug Mallory. A secondary coach at OSU, Mallory was a quiet key contributor to the defensive schemes. He joined Miles at LSU, where he eventually became defensive coordinator, which is the position he now holds at Indiana, where his father Bill is the program's all-time winningest coach.
Josh Henson. An underrated member of Miles' staffs at OSU and LSU, Henson was an outstanding tight ends coach and recruiter.