Two websites covering Michigan athletics reported Tuesday that the school has reached out to Les Miles’ agent to gauge the LSU coach’s interest in the vacant head coaching position at his alma mater.
Miles’ long-time agent is George Bass of Dallas. Bass did not immediately respond to a message.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said as of Tuesday night he had not been contacted by anyone regarding Miles.
However, Alleva said last week that it is no longer common for schools to ask permission to talk to a coach about job openings, but that they typically work through their agents instead.
Miles said Sunday during a teleconference to discuss LSU’s invitation to the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl that he has not been contacted by Michigan.
Another report Tuesday said Michigan had sent out feelers to Duke coach David Cutcliffe.
The website FootballScoop.com quoted unnamed sources which said they do not expect either Miles or Cutcliffe to have significant talks with Michigan.
Miles played offensive guard for the Wolverines from 1974-75 under legendary coach Bo Schembechler. Miles served as an assistant coach at Michigan from 1980-81 and 1987-94.
His teammate, fellow offensive lineman Jim Hackett, is Michigan’s interim athletic director and is conducting the search.
Miles is 103-28 in 10 seasons at LSU. His name was also linked to Michigan’s past two job openings in 2007 and 2010. He is believed to have been offered the job in 2010.
Miles is under contract through 2019 and makes $4.3 million a year. LSU’s assistants are among the highest-paid in the nation, making a total of $5.32 million.
Michigan paid its previous coach, Brady Hoke, $2.8 million a year. Its assistant coaches made a combined $3.07 million.