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Report: Les Miles takes name out of Michigan Wolverines coaching search

It’s become the inevitable dance — the Michigan Wolverines look for a new head coach and LSU’s Les Miles becomes an instant candidate for the opening. Except each of the last two times he’s turned the job down, and that appears to be the case once again.

LSU’s 247Sports site, Geaux247, is reporting that an off the record conversation between Miles and local reporters left no doubt that Miles is not going to Michigan.

[pull_quote_center]LSU head coach Les Miles went off the record with local media for the opening portion of his Monday press conference, and while the head man wasn’t prepared to go on the record with his thoughts, what the local media learned was that Miles will not be the next head coach at Michigan.[/pull_quote_center]

Miles had been in Baton Rouge for 10 years and has been the name rumored with the Michigan job three times in the past decade. At age 61, Miles’ opportunity to return to the school where he got his degree and coached offensive line (1987-1994) at.

One can’t be surprised to hear that Miles’ is taking his name out of consideration in this search, as LSU has been good to him and he’s got one of the best young teams in the SEC. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s got strong roots in Baton Rouge and kids in school there.

This news means it is likely Jim Harbaugh or bust for interim AD Jim Hackett and the search firm he has hired. He’s really the only big name left on the board, and after that the Wolverines would be looking towards names that don’t move the meter nationally like other hires would’ve done.

Michigan’s head coaching position has been open for nearly two full weeks and it could drag out through the end of the NFL regular season if Harbaugh is going to be the hire.

Let’s just say, the Badgers (whose job has been open for all of five days) are likely to hire a new head coach before Michigan does.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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