If LSU coach Les Miles or his agent has spoken to Michigan about its head coaching job, he’s not telling those around him.
Miles is focused on recruiting and getting contracts extended for his assistant coaches, said a source who spoke directly to the coach earlier this week. Assistants have been told nothing from Miles about Michigan and don’t expect him to leave, two sources close to the staff told The Advocate.
Michigan contacted Miles’ agent about the job to replace the fired Brady Hoke, according to at least three outlets covering the Wolverines. Miles’ agent, George Bass, has not returned a message seeking comment.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva, as of Saturday night, had not been contacted by Miles, his agent or Michigan regarding the open job.
The Advocate reported this week that LSU has offered extensions to some, if not all, of the football staff members. Five assistant coaches have contracts that expire in March.
Miles, who recently finished his 10th regular season at LSU, has been linked to the open job at his alma mater for the third time in seven years. The program flirted with the coach in 2007 and in 2010. Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez and then Hoke in those years.
Miles said last Sunday night that he had not been contacted by the school. Reports from Michigan surfaced Tuesday that the coach’s agent had been contacted.
Miles and his staff have been traveling the country recruiting over the past two weeks. The coach has told at least one recruit’s parents that he’s not going to Michigan. Kevin Toliver, the father of five-star cornerback commit Kevin Toliver II, said Miles told the family he’s not going to Michigan.
FootballScoop.com, a website with deep roots in the college coaching community, reported Saturday that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. have emerged as candidates at Michigan.
Since Lloyd Carr’s final season in 2007, Michigan has had three losing seasons and is 24-32 in the Big Ten. Miles has won a national championship, two Southeastern Conference titles and at least 10 games in seven of his 10 seasons in Baton Rouge.
Miles has developed deep roots in Baton Rouge. Three of his four children are in elementary, middle or high school in Baton Rouge.
In an interview with The Advocate in February, the coach said he wasn’t interested in moving back near his home of Elyria, Ohio. Michigan is in Ann Arbor, just 140 miles from Elyria.
Money could be a sticking point, too.
Hoke made $2.8 million a year at Michigan, according to figures from USA Today. That ranks 30th in the nation. Miles makes $4.3 million a year, seventh nationally. Following the 2012 season, he received a two-year contract extension through 2019.
Michigan assistants were paid a combined $3.50 million last year. LSU’s staff made a nation-leading $5.49 million.
Miles has such a connection to Michigan that UM is in the coach’s original contract with LSU. Miles would owe the school $1.25 million if he left for Michigan, according to the deal.
Miles played on the offensive line for legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. He was a graduate assistant in 1980-81 and coached the Wolverines offensive line in 1987-94. New Michigan Athletic Director Jim Hackett played with Miles for three seasons at Michigan; they were offensive linemen in 1973-75.
Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.