Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Pre-Game before the LSU vs Texas A&M game Saturday in Tiger Stadium.LSU head coach Les Miles waves at fans as he and team walk down the hill to Tiger Stadium Saturday.

Patrick Dennis

Update, 7:44 a.m.: It appears Les Miles may not become a Golden Gopher. According to FootballScoop, sources said P.J. Fleck will be the University of Minnesota's next head football coach.

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Could a former Tiger become a Golden Gopher?

Les Miles reportedly flew to Minnesota to meet with University of Minnesota officials, according to a report from ESPN's Michael Kim

However, it appears Miles is second on the Golden Gophers' wish list, with reports indicating the school is looking to close a deal with Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck. Minnesota's coaching announcement could be made as soon as Friday. 

Miles has been in consideration for several other coaching positions, including Baylor and Houston, which have both been filled by other candidates. 

Miles coached the Tigers for 11 years before he was fired in September following LSU's last-second loss to Auburn.

The coaching position at Minnesota is open following the Golden Gophers' firing of Tracy Claeys this season, following a widely publicized boycott of several players. Minnesota finished the season 9-4 overall, and won the Holiday Bowl 17-12 over Washington State. 


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Les Miles, meanwhile, is collecting on his six-year, $9.6 million buyout, which stipulates he must actively attempt to obtain a new job. Miles has said he wants to coach again, even drawing interest for a potential analyst position with ESPN