January 10th, 2011 at 10:28 PM ^




Posted: Jan 10, 2011 12:46 PM ESTUpdated: Jan 10, 2011 9:46 PM EST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB/AP) - LSU head coach Les Miles has met with  the University of Michigan's athletic director about the coaching job there.

9 Sports has learned that Miles and UM's Dave Brandon met Monday evening at Miles' field house condo off Nicholson Drive.

Brandon and two other Michigan representatives left the meeting and were taken to Baton Rouge Metro Airport in a Cadillac Escalade, where they were seen boarding Brandon's Domino's Pizza plane at 7:40 p.m.  The plane left moments later.

The jet, on loan to Brandon, landed in Baton Rouge Monday afternoon fueling speculation that he was on his way to a meeting with Miles.

Miles said at noon Monday that no one from Michigan had yet contacted him directly and he did not know when such a meeting with his alma mater might take place.

He made the comments immediately following the news conference in which junior cornerback Patrick Peterson announced he will enter the NFL Draft. Miles stated he met with LSU underclassmen Monday morning and told them he expects to remain the coach at LSU.

"I am extremely happy here," Miles added.

When asked earlier about Michigan's opening, Miles has only said he loves being the coach of LSU. He has not yet promised to return next season, although his current players have said he has given them the impression he plans to be back.

Of course, Miles is a "Michigan Man." He was an offensive lineman for the Wolverines during college and twice served as an assistant coach during the 80s and 90s. He is widely considered a top candidate to fill the head coaching vacancy at Michigan.

A former LSU athletic director said he doesn't think Miles would take the job with Michigan. He has four kids and is already making close to $4 million.

His LSU contract pays him $3.75 million per year, runs through 2014 and includes an annual one-year roll-over at the discretion of the athletic director that could extend the deal to 2015.

The contract also would make him among the three highest-paid college coaches should he win a second national title at LSU. Miles is 62-17 with a national championship in six years at LSU.

Rich Rodriguez last week was fired as Michigan coach with a 15-22 mark in three seasons


January 10th, 2011 at 10:56 PM ^

I mentioned this in another post, but if tomorrow is indeed intended to introduce the new coach to the players, it will not be Les Miles.  He is a main speaker at a coaching conference in Dallas.  Brandon is likely just keeping the players in the loop while the search continues.  Always better to over communicate in times crisis.