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Les Miles shoots down rumors about leaving for Michigan

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Photo by LSUsports.net.

Being a Michigan man through and through, LSU head coach Les Miles will always be a lightning rod for speculation any time the Wolverine job opens up.

In 2007, it appeared he was on the cusp of flying out to Ann Arbor when he made his classic speech of defiance in a pre-grame presser before the Tigers took on Tennessee in the SEC Championship.

And now in 2014, the rumor mill has heated up again with Michigan's firing of Brady Hoke after four seasons.

However, Miles isn't budging. After a practice Monday evening, Miles did his best to drill home the point that he will not be leaving Baton Rouge for Ann Arbor.

Though he did not provide an official statement, he emphatically proclaimed his future only entailed him leading his team into Tiger Stadium.

There were reports earlier this month that Michigan had contacted Miles about the vacant position, but he has denied this and said he will not take the job even if they contact him.

According to LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette, he has also informed the athletic office that he has not been contacted by Michigan and has no intention of leaving.

The Wolverines are searching for a new leader after Hoke's tenure was marred by a steady decline following their Sugar Bowl win in his first year at the school.

Ever since that BCS bowl win, the Wolverines have gone just 15-11 with three straight losses to archrival Ohio State. They finished just 5-7 this season and missed a bowl game for the first time in five years.

Miles played for legendary Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler and spent a decade in Ann Arbor as an assistant coach.

He is currently in his 10th year at LSU and has won two SEC titles and one national championship in his tenure. During that time, the Tigers have never won fewer than eight games and have won 10-plus games seven times.

While the Michigan job remains open and the rumors continue to swirl, Miles will get LSU ready for their Music City Bowl matchup with Notre Dame on Dec. 30.

Other than Miles, the No. 1 name that keeps popping up for the vacant head coaching position is another alum in 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh played quarterback for the Wolverines back in the '80s.

Prior to his stint with the 49ers, he built up Stanford's football program--leading them to two BCS bowls--winning the 2011 Orange Bowl.