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Michigan Coaching Search: LSU Working To Keep Les Miles?

By now you've probably heard that Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon met with LSU head coach Les Miles on Monday night. The meeting happened down in Baton Rouge, and although no decision has seemingly been made by either side about the coaching vacancy in Ann Arbor, the meetup set off a number of reports about how Miles would take the job if offered. Whether or not that's true remains to be seen, but LSU appears to be doing its best to make sure those reports turn out to be false.

According to Glenn Guilbeau of The Lafayette Advertiser, LSU officials met with Miles late Monday and were working into the night to try and keep him at the school. It's likely the discussions revolved around Miles' contract and working on restructuring it and/or giving him an extension. Money ultimately may not be what a decision boils down to for Miles, but right now LSU's best bet to convince him to stay is by throwing more dollars at him.

In the end Miles very well may decide to stay at LSU regardless of how much money is coming his way. According to The New Orleans Times-Picayune, a "high-ranking" LSU official said that there is no reason to worry because Miles isn't leaving. This situation is obviously fluid considering it appears no decisions have been made for sure one way or the other just yet, but it's not as if all signs point to Miles leaving for Michigan. The general consensus based on ESPN's reports seems to be that he'd jump at an offer to coach Michigan, but down in Louisiana that is by no means the majority opinion.

It's unknown if an offer from Michigan has come Miles' way, but it's clear that LSU feels a sense of urgency with this situation. Either an offer has been made and Monday night was LSU's last chance to make a pitch to Miles or LSU feels an offer is going to be made shortly. Whatever the case, LSU doesn't want to lose its head coach just weeks before signing day, so it appears the Tigers won't be going down without a fight.