BATON ROUGE, La. --- Six days after Michigan fired Rich Rodriguez, Les Miles officially broken the silence on where he stands with his alma mater.
In a brief statement Monday, Miles said he has still not been in direct talks with Michigan athletics director Dave Brandon, a stance he maintained throughout LSU’s preparation for the Cotton Bowl last week.
“To this point in time I have not talked to anyone from Michigan, nor has any of my representation done anything but have very distant conversation with representatives of the school,” he said.
However, though no timeframe has been set, Miles will meet with Michigan about the opening.
“I am told that we will speak, but that time and place has not been identified,” he said.
As for the interest level of both sides, Miles remained tightlipped.
“It’s hard for me to speculate the substance of that meeting,” he said. “The only thing I can tell you is that I spent (Monday) with a number of upperclassmen I want to return here. I am extremely happy here. There is a real comfort with my family in Baton Rouge, and I think its best left that way.
“I don’t know that there is more to say, but there is no more information that I have other than what I have just shared with you.”
On the LSU side, sources say that Miles and the Tigers have been in talks about the details of a new deal. Miles will fly to Dallas to speak at the American Football Coaches Convention on Tuesday afternoon. His agent, George Bass, is based out of Dallas.
According to LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, the press is on to keep the sixth-year head coach in Baton Rouge.
“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,” he said.
“I can certainly understand Coach Miles’ desire to accommodate his alma mater by speaking with them during their coaching search.”
Soon enough, Tiger fans will know if the talks are more than a courtesy.
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