Miles: I talked to Mich. just to assist search

The Baltimore Sun

LSU coach Les Miles denied once again that he is interested in filling Michigan's coaching vacancy.

Miles, who is spending this week recruiting for LSU, released a statement yesterday in response to a report in the Detroit Free Press that he had spoken with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin and school president Mary Sue Coleman late last week.

"I had a conversation with Michigan last week that covered a wide range of topics. I was doing nothing more than helping them with their search for a football coach, just as any loyal alumnus might do. It was nothing more than that," Miles said.

" ... I'll say it again, I'm going to be the coach at LSU next season."

Miles played and was an assistant coach at Michigan, where he was believed to be a leading candidate to take over after Lloyd Carr resigned in November.

Last week, Miles signed a contract extension that would keep him at Louisiana State through 2012.

He must pay LSU $1.25 million if he leaves for Michigan. If LSU fired Miles without cause, the coach could be owed as much as $15 million, up from $10 million.

Washington State -- Paul Wulff returned to his alma mater as coach. Wulff, who was coach at nearby Eastern Washington the past eight seasons, replaces Bill Doba, who stepped down last month. Wulff, 40, played center at Washington State from 1985 to 1989. A three-time Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year, Wulff had led Eastern Washington since 2000.

Vanderbilt -- Coach Bobby Johnson has withdrawn his name from consideration for the head coaching vacancy at Duke. He met with officials from Duke about their coaching vacancy on Monday in Durham, N.C. He has a 20-50 record since arriving at Vanderbilt in 2002. Ted Roof was fired as Duke's coach on Nov. 26 after posting a 6-45 record in four-plus seasons.

Auburn -- Offensive coordinator Al Borges resigned after four seasons and will not coach in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Clemson. Borges helped Auburn to a 13-0 record in his first year in 2004, but the Tigers' offense hasn't been as effective since the departure of stars including Jason Campbell, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and Ronnie Brown.

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