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Former LSU head coach Les Miles hoists the Tigers' 2007 championship trophy as members of the LSU 2007 National Championship team are recognized on the field at halftime between LSU and Auburn, Saturday, October 14, 2017, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Tennessee's coaching search has turned to Les Miles. 

New UT athletic director Phillip Fulmer has contacted Miles about the open job in Knoxville, Tennessee, 247Sports.com reported on Saturday evening. 

Miles texted The Advocate in response to the report: "No real news!!" it said.

Miles would likely be interested in the position. The 64-year-old is hungry to return to coaching, something he's stressed since LSU fired him last September after 12 years in Baton Rouge. He still lives in the city, recently selling his home and purchasing a new one. 

Miles is the latest name to surface in a coaching search that's resulted in a fired AD - UT replaced John Currie with Fulmer earlier this week - and a host of rejections, from Purdue's Jeff Brohm to NC State's Dave Doeren, among others. 247Sports also reported that speculation remains that USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, a former Vols quarterback, would be open to joining Tennessee’s staff as a coordinator and associate head coach. 

Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who held the same position in 2015 at LSU, and former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin have also been rumored as candidates for the gig. Tennessee fired Butch Jones 10 games into the 2017 season, making a change after a five-year run that produced a 14-24 SEC record. 

Miles won two SEC championships and a national title during his time at LSU. The school still owes him about $8 million, delivering it in monthly payments for the next five years as part of his buyout of a contract he signed after the 2012 season. The buyout is mitigated based on his future pay.

Miles has not hidden his wish to return to coaching. He last interviewed for the Minnesota opening in January and was, reportedly, a candidate at Houston and South Florida last year. 

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