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A strongly worded article on the LSU official site contains a definite drop-dead date for the whole Miles foofery:
ATLANTA -- LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe has reached an agreement with Les Miles on an amendment to his contract that will secure Miles' position as head football coach of the Tigers.
Miles authorized his representative, George Bass, to negotiate the terms of the contract with LSU. Terms and conditions of the contract have been agreed upon and will be presented at the next meeting of the LSU Board of Supervisors on Dec. 6.
Miles will not entertain any offer from the University of Michigan to become the Wolverines head coach or from any other institution. The University of Michigan on Wednesday requested permission to discuss its open head football coaching position with Miles.
FYI. Rumblings on the Michigan side of things are of the "this isn't over!" type... but it looks grim.
Update: Miles was just on CBS making unequivocal statements. Next candidate, please?
Miles: "There was misinformation on ESPN and I think it's imperative that I straighten it out. I'm the head coach at LSU, I will be the head coach at LSU, I have no interest in talking to anyone else. I have a championship game to play and I'm excited about the opportunity of my damn strong football team to play in it. And that's really all I'd like to say. It's unfortunate I had to address my team with this information this morning. With that being done, I think we'll be ready to play. There will be no questions for me; I represent me in this issue, please ask me after. I'm busy. Thank you very much, and have a great day."
Guy to LSU Chancellor: "Are you going to stay and answer questions?"
LSU Chancellor: "What he said."
Update: Okay, this is completely f-ing crazy, but Miles 1) didn't say he had turned the job down, 2) didn't say anything about next year and 3) hasn't signed this extension. Hell, supposedly no one has even officially contacted him.
This might not be over; the PC was clearly a FU ESPN, I have kids to think about thing.
As I said, f-ing crazy. But...
Update II: Dammit, ESPN's pushing this "it's not over!" thing on ESPN News, so it's probably wrong.
Update III: Holy crap. ESPN News: "Miles said there was misinformation ESPN; he could have just been talking about the Tenuta as DC thing." Someone get that man gold-plated kneepads!
Update IV: Video from Quo Vadiumus:
1. It's over, obvs. LSU AD said as much.
2. Martin did not talk to Miles' agent this morning.
3. Top remaining candidates: Schiano, O'Brien(?!?!?), and someone I didn't hear. No mention of Kelly or Tedford.
4. I want to die.
5. Not really.
Update: Tenuta says he hasn't even spoken to Miles:
Tenuta said Saturday he hadn't spoken with Miles and wasn't sure what was happening.
"I don't know yet. I really don't," Tenuta said after his first practice in his interim role. "There's been rumors before about me going a lot of places."
Way to go, Herbstreit!
Les Miles will not be Michigan's next head coach, according to sources close to the situation.
Miles has signed a lucrative, multi-year extension with LSU.
"It's done," said a source close to the situation. "He's staying at LSU."
Whatever happened to the dream job stuff? The crawl on glass stuff? Is another 500k or 1m a year that much of a big deal? Jesus.
Update: Carty says there's a 1:45 press conference at LSU.
Update II: ESPN has changed the story on the site.
Sources close to both Les Miles and the LSU administration report the coach has reached a multi-year contract extension with his current school and will remove himself from consideration as the next Michigan coach.
A release will be forthcoming within the hour.
Didn't see it, so can't tell you how strong it was: apparently it was reported as 'breaking news', FWIW. Nothing on the website yet save this announcement Pelini will be Nebraska's new coach.
For those unfamiliar with Tenuta, he was the good half of Georgia Tech the past six years, consistently putting out defenses bad-ass enough to send Reggie Ball to bowl games despite having only scanty talent at Georgia Tech. He coached at Ohio State from 1996 to 2000 as a DBs coach and, in his last year, defensive coordinator. Hiring him would be awesome.