Alabama came a knockin'...supposedly. His former enemy Michigan State sang his praises...quietly. Fans were nervous...most definitely.
OSU head coach Les Miles told other media outlets earlier this week that he simply wasn't interested in those jobs, or any other for that matter, and that he was happy in Stillwater.
Speculation has grown since Miles has a newly-negotiated contract on his desk, still awaiting his signature. The simple autograph would alleviate all the fears of the fans, and put the media circus to rest.
According to the OSU sports information office, Miles said he will sign the contract, which will put him at the Cowboy helm through 2009.
OSU Media relations coordinator Thomas Samuel verified such rumors Tuesday afternoon with this statement:
"Right now all we can say is that he said he is going to sign it today. He said earlier today that he will - we are certain he will - but he hasn't technically signed. You see what I am saying? I can't really say it is a done deal quite yet, because of obvious reasons. We are very much taking him at his word."
Moments after the above was published on the site, Miles inked the contract. Following is a report from the Associated Press.
Miles Staying put, signs new contract
STILLWATER, Okla.(AP) - Oklahoma State head football coach Les Miles has agreed to a contract extension, putting to rest rumors that he may be leaving for the University of Alabama, the university said Tuesday.
The university would not provide details of the agreement, but spokesman Steve Buzzard said it was a long-term contract that Miles "is comfortable with and that is competitive within the Big 12 Conference.
Speculation emerged _ fueled further because Miles had not signed the offered extension _ that Miles was considering the head coaching job at Alabama, which became open after Dennis Franchione left for Texas A&M.
But Miles insisted that he had never been contacted. Athletic director Harry Birdwell has said Alabama never asked him for permission to talk to Miles.
Miles led the Cowboys to a 7-5 record this season and a berth in the Houston Bowl Dec. 27 against Southern Miss. It's Oklahoma State's first bowl game since 1997.
When he was hired two years ago, Miles signed a five-year deal worth $400,000 annually.