IRVING, Texas --- The national media has tabbed Les Miles as the man to fill the latest coaching void at Michigan.
When Lloyd Carr left Michigan three seasons ago, the world turned their eyes to Baton Rouge. ESPN even called Miles as the next coach at Michigan on the same day his team was preparing to play in the Southeastern Conference Championship game.
That day Miles stormed out to the podium and delivered one of his best moments, which ended with the now famous line “have a great day!”
Shadowed by the same coaching cloud that followed him then, Miles took the stage at today’s Cotton Bowl press conference and was quickly hit with questions about his interest in the Michigan job. During the back-and-forth, the Wolverines made it official that Rich Rodriguez and his staff were on their way out.
“I have received no contact from Michigan,” he said. “I am really here to speak about no other school. I’m here to speak about LSU.
“Michigan will be fine. They will always be Michigan.”
Questions continued until the moderator asked that the gathered media stick to the matchup between the Tigers and Aggies, and the tone from Miles remained the same throughout.
Miles will be back in Baton Rouge next season.
“I very much enjoy where I’m at,” Miles said. “I don’t think anybody has any reason to be concerned in any way.”
With Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh expected to take a job in the NFL, popular opinion tabs Miles and San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke as the top candidates for the opening. Both have already spent time on the sidelines in Ann Arbor.
“Speculation is not factual,” said Miles in response to his name coming up as a replacement to Rodriguez. “The only thing I can say to you is my focus is complete. We’re preparing to play a great A&M team. That’s my want and desire.
“I have no real view of anything else but what I’m getting done right here. Preparing a team, taking them to practice (Wednesday) and working that event.”