Miles: I will be the head coach at LSU

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLT) -- LSU coach Les MIles announced in a press conference Saturday that he will remain the school's head coach, denying reports that he would take the Michigan head coaching job.

Sources close to LSU have told WVLT that Miles met with his players Saturday morning and told them he would remain their head coach.

"I am the head coach at LSU, I will be the head coach at LSU, I have no interest in talking to anybody else," Miles said during the 2pm news conference. "I have a championship game to play, and I'm excited about the opportunity of my damn strong football team to play in it."

This comes after ESPN.com reported Saturday morning that Miles would become Michigan's head coach next week, which a clearly angry Miles called "misinformation."

Miles has a 32-6 record in three seasons at LSU and is 60-27 in seven seasons as a head coach. He previously coached at Oklahoma State before taking over for Nick Saban in Baton Rouge.

There has been speculation since Lloyd Carr's retirement that Miles, a Michigan alumnus who played under legendary coach Bo Shembechler, was a prime candidate for the position.

The announcement comes just hours before Miles' Tigers kick off against Tennessee in the SEC championship game. LSU, who has been ranked No. 1 for as long as any other team this season, lost a chance at playing for the national title when it fell to Arkansas last week, 50-48, in a triple-overtime heartbreaker.

Defensive coordinator Pelini is expected to coach against Tennessee Saturday, then be in Lincoln Monday to be announced as the new Nebraska head coach, ESPN.com reports. Before coming to LSU, Pelini was the Cornhuskers' defensive coordinator under Frank Solich.

Nebraska interim athletic director Tom Osborne would not comment on Pelini's potential hiring.

Tennessee and LSU kick off at 4pm on CBS.


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