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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

What's Les Miles up to? The answer may or may not surprise you.

The former LSU coach, 63, who was released earlier this season after a 2-2 start, tells Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel he's been busy studying film — including dynamic offenses of Baylor, Tulsa and Western Michigan — and evaluating young prospects for his next coaching staff.

And, as he searches for a coaching opportunity, he's evolving — and, he says, improving.

"I have enjoyed the time," he tells Thamel. "I think I'm a better football coach today than I was the Sunday after Auburn. I have a want to win, win a conference championship and have the opportunity to play for a national championship still in me."

Miles has made it clear he'll be aggressive in going after jobs the next few weeks. Meanwhile, his name has emerged in relation to open jobs at Baylor and Purdue.

"I have 10 or 12 years left in me," Miles said. "There's plenty of energy in this body. I'm not a guy who lends himself to excesses, and I have great health."

See the full Sports Illustrated report here.