Les Miles Meets With Michigan Wolverines Over Head Coaching Vacancy

January 11th, 2011- By Bryan Cross

LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles met with Michigan officials on Monday about the head coaching vacancy, though continued to remain constant with the fact that he is happy to be where he is at LSU.

The two schools confirmed a meeting between Miles and Michigan, though not eluding to many more details other than that.  LSU also stated that they met with Miles after Michigan did trying to persuade the head coach to stay.

“LSU officials are talking with Coach Miles,” remarked LSU associate athletic director Herb Vincent. “They’re trying to keep him.”

ESPN reports that should Miles be offered to Michigan coaching position, he would likely accept and head back to his Alma mater.

“The only thing I can tell you is, I spent my day today with a number of underclassmen that I want to return right here,” Miles stated. “I am extremely happy here. There’s a real comfort with my family here in Baton Rouge. I think it’s best left that way and I don’t know that there’s anything more to say.”

LSU University athletic director Joe Alleva said that he and the University are making strides to try and keep their coach for the coming years.

“I can certainly understand Coach Miles’ desire to accommodate his Alma mater by speaking with them during their coaching search,” Alleva stated. “We remain committed to working toward keeping Les Miles as the head of the LSU football program, a program that wins at a high level, graduates its student-athletes and represents the university well in the community under his leadership.”

On the other side Michigan athletic director Daver Brandon said that Michigan is taking a thorough approach to their search, using a variety of resources to find the right person for the job.

“Some would suggest we should complete this national search in a matter of hours,” Brandon wrote in a statement. “But this is a critical decision for Michigan Athletics and it cannot and will not be made in haste.”

Miles played for the Wolverines under head coach Bo Schembechler, for which he won two Big Ten conference championships as an offensive lineman.

The former Michigan player has found great success at LSU, tabbing a 62-17 record  including the 2007 BCS National Championship in a win over Ohio State.

Miles is currently paid $3.75 million per season at LSU, with his contract going through 2014 and an option for 2015.

With the completion of the College Football season ending in Auburn’s national title, early College football betting lines have already begun to project and formulate odds for next season. Michigan is 80/1 on online sportsbooks to win the National championship, while LSU has been set at 20/1.


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