Miles Meets with Michigan in Baton Rouge

LSU head coach Les Miles is now in direct talks with Dave Brandon and the Michigan side.

BATON ROUGE, La. --- Just as it did three years ago, it appears the Les Miles to Michigan Show will be stocked with excitement.


Less than 12 hours after LSU head coach Les Miles announced that he would listen to Michigan about their vacancy at head coach, Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon and two representatives from the University flew to Baton Rouge, an LSU Athletics official confirmed late Monday night.


According to WBRZ, a Baton Rouge-based news station, Miles, his wife Kathy and his agent George Bass dined at Voodoo BBQ, a restaurant close to campus, around 8 p.m. Monday night.


Brandon’s group returned to Ypsilanti, Mich. at t, while the Miles camp remained in Baton Rouge.


Miles will fly to Dallas on Tuesday morning for the American Football Coaches Convention, where the rest of the Tiger staff has been since Sunday. He will speak from 2:00-2:50 p.m. and return to Baton Rouge the following day.


With the spring semester set to start next week, the majority of LSU’s team has returned home for the remainder of the break. According to multiple players, Miles made no mention of plans to talk with Michigan before they went their separate ways for the remainder of their time off.


Here’s a running timeline of what has taken place thus far.

Tuesday (Jan. 4): Reports out of Michigan are that Rich Rodriguez would not be retained for a fourth year. Nothing is made official from the University.

Wednesday (Jan. 5): At a press conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Athletics Director Dave Brandon announced the Rodriguez fire and took questions on the coaching search, leading to his admission that he expected Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, a Michigan graduate and top candidate in the search, to head to the NFL.

Miles meets with media in Irving, Texas during Cotton Bowl preparations. He told the gathered reporters that he had not been contacted by anyone at Michigan. “I very much enjoy where I'm at. I don't think anybody has any reason to be concerned in any way.” 

Thursday (Jan. 6): ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported that Michigan had also expressed interest in Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, but that Fitzgerald had chosen to stay put at his alma mater.

Friday (Jan. 7): The San Francisco 49ers announce that they have hired Harbaugh as their head coach.

Later that day, Miles wins the Cotton Bowl 41-24 to get to 11-2 on the season. He didn't answer questions during the team presser after the game, but took one-on-one questions where he fielded a few Michigan-related ones. Miles said that he still had not been contacted by Michigan and that he had told his team that he wasn't in talks with Brandon or anyone from Michigan. After that, players were made available for one-on-ones, and multiple players said that Miles had told them he was returning.

Saturday (Jan. 8):
LSU Athletics Director and Vice Chancellor Joe Alleva released the following statement:

“I have not been contacted by anyone from the University of Michigan about Les Miles. Les Miles is LSU’s head coach and we are going to do everything we can to keep it that way. He has had great success here and we plan to keep enjoying that success under his leadership.”

Sunday (Jan. 9): No statement is made from LSU or Michigan, and Miles is spotted alongside family members eating in Baton Rouge.

According to sources, LSU continues to work on a possible new deal for Miles.

Monday (Jan. 10): Miles meets with the Baton Rouge media to speak alongside Patrick Peterson, who announced his decision to skip his senior season and put his name into the NFL Draft. Miles, who said he would meet with the Wolverines but that no timetable had been set, issued the following statement without taking any questions from the floor:

“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. I am told that we will speak, but that time and place has not been identified.  It’s hard for me to speculate the substance of that meeting. The only thing I can tell you is that I spent my day today with a number of underclassmen I want to return here. I am extremely happy here. There is a really 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.”

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva followed with a statement from LSU:

“I can certainly understand Coach Miles’ desire to accommodate his alma mater by speaking with them during their coaching search.  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.”

Later in the day, Michigan AD Dave Brandon and two representatives from the University flew to Baton Rouge to meet with Miles. Miles and his wife Kathy were later seen with agent George Bass. According to LSU S.I.D. Michael Bonnette, Miles remained in Baton Rouge when Brandon flew back to Michigan.


Moving forward…

Tuesday (Jan. 11):
The American Football Coaches Convention is this week in Dallas, an event that runs from Sunday through Wednesday. Miles is a guest speaker, and his time slot to appear is Tuesday from 2:00-2:50 p.m. The LSU coaches will also be in attendance. Miles’ agent, George Bass, is also based out of Dallas and will likely also be on hand.

Wednesday (Jan. 12): Miles plans to return from Dallas.

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