Miles Say Michigan Report Not True

Les Miles was outraged and vehemently denied a story (message board post) from a rival web site when contacted at home Friday night following an evening spent with recruits on campus for their official visits. The report stated – not rumor but fact – that Les Miles had been offered the head coaching job at Michigan and that the OSU administration was busy formulating a counter offer to keep Miles in Stillwater.

This story (post) also stated that current Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr would hold a press conference on Saturday to announce he was stepping down from the Wolerines football program.

"I can't believe anybody would write this," said Miles when contacted and asked about the report. "That story is so far from the truth, there is no truth to it at all. Robert Allen, if there was anything to that story I would tell you but it is absolutely false."

Miles went further to ask for the identity of the person behind the story and ask if this person could be contacted. Part of Miles' concern was over his many friends and staff members that might read it or have it passed to them. The Cowboys head coach went on to say that all the rumors that he had been in Michigan this week were false. He said he was in Texas all week recruiting with members of his coaching staff.

"I have had no contact with anybody from Michigan," said Miles. "In fact, I haven't talked to any schools about any jobs. I've been busy doing my job and working to recruit for Oklahoma State."

Miles also told John Helsley of The Daily Oklahoman this evening that he has close friends back in Michigan and has communicated with them about the rumors that have recently surrounded Carr and his contact informed him that there wasn't anything to them.

The rumors, all of the internet variety, could not be confirmed by either Helsley or this reporter after contacting members of the beat media that cover the Michigan program. Carr did release a statement Friday out of Ann Arbor and also did several radio interviews on sports talk stations in the Ann Arbor and Detroit area expressing that he was fine and that he was planning to coach at least several more years at Michigan. Miles added that his friends had told him the same thing in conversations.

Miles, who this season led Oklahoma State to their third straight bowl game for just the second time in the school's history, has an overall record of 28-20 in his four years as the Cowboy head coach. Miles confirmed that he has heard many rumors connecting him to coaching vacancies following this season, but again flatly denied having contact with any school.

"I am very happy at Oklahoma State, and this past season taught me as much as any of the others that our goals of winning championships can happen here," added Miles. "I plan on coaching at Oklahoma State a long time and look forward to reaching those goals."

Miles said he would be in Stillwater all weekend for the recruiting visits. He also indicated he would have a press conference on Sunday to discuss the Cowboys' upcoming bowl game, which will be finalized on Sunday. He said he also has a practice with his team scheduled for Sunday.

(John Helsley of The Daily Oklahoman also contributed information for this story)

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