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Michigan Coaching Search: Les Miles To Stay At LSU

LSU coach Les Miles will not be moving to his alma mater to become Michigan’s head football coach.

Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press reports that Miles has decided to stay at LSU and informed the school’s vice chancellor and athletic director of his decision. LSU AD Joe Alleva confirmed the news shortly thereafter, announcing that Miles would remain their coach.

Here is the official statement from LSU:

“I am pleased to announce that Les Miles will remain the head coach at LSU,” said Alleva. “Les has led this program to many great successes on the field and his players represent LSU well off the field. We look forward to many great years of LSU football under his leadership.”

The school also announced that Miles will hold a press conference upon his return from Dallas, where he is speaking at a coaches convention.

As reported earlier, Miles met with Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon on Monday night in Baton Rouge, LA. What isn’t known, of course, is if Michigan actually made an offer or other matters surrounding its coaching vacancy were discussed. Miles also reportedly later met with LSU officials to apprise them of the situation.

(UPDATE #1: According to the Baton Rouge Advocate -- via MGoBlog -- there was no late-night meeting between Miles and LSU.)

This seems to leave San Diego State coach Brady Hoke as the best remaining option for Michigan. That is, unless Brandon has some sort of surprise waiting behind the curtain.

(UPDATE #2: The Detroit News makes it sound as if Miles did indeed turn Michigan down. "They couldn't work it out," a source told Angelique Chengelis.)