ARLINGTON, Texas --- Seated alongside Terrance Toliver, Jordan Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu, LSU head coach Les Miles fielded questions from reporters, from how the offense finally clicked to how well the freshmen are performing.
Michigan was never brought up.
Once the trio exited stage right, reporters flocked to Miles. Within minutes, the topic of the job opening in Ann Arbor was brought up.
“I don’t want to talk about me a lick,” Miles responded. “This is about an LSU team and not about coach’s issues. Those issues are non-existent right now.”
When pressed further, Miles revealed that he has no timeline as to when he will elaborate further. For now, he will be the head coach at LSU when the Tigers open the season back in Cowboys Stadium next September.
“I have not been contacted,” he said in response to whether Michigan had reached out since they fired Rich Rodriguez, an opening the national media pegged as a race between Miles and San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke.
On a night where freshmen Spencer Ware and Tyrann Mathieu showed promise for the future, Miles’ players are confident that the headman that recruited them to Baton Rouge will be on board to see their time through.
“He will be coming back,” Mathieu said. “That’s what he told us.”
Amidst the rumors, Miles called a team meeting and put any doubt to rest.
“I absolutely did, and I told them I had not had any conversations with Michigan at this point, and if I did I would communicate that with them.”