ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan athletic director Bill Martin
said Sunday night he did not directly contact LSU coach Les Miles
about the coaching vacancy left by Lloyd Carr.
"We asked LSU for permission to talk to Les Miles last week and
we were given permission to talk to Les but not until after the SEC
championship game on Saturday," Martin said in a statement. "Les
Miles was one of our candidates.
"I did not talk to Les Miles or his agent this past week in
accordance with the wishes of [LSU athletic director] Skip Bertman
and the LSU Athletic Department," Martin said. "This morning I
did speak with Les' agent [George Bass] and he reaffirmed what Les
said during his press conference yesterday -- that he was staying at
"We wish Les and the LSU Athletic Department the best of luck
in the future," Martin said. "As for Michigan, we are continuing
with the process we established and will continue to talk with and
research our list of candidates."
Miles said after then-No. 7 LSU (No. 5 AP) beat No. 14 Tennessee 21-14 in the
Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday that he planned
to remain coach of the Tigers, who will play Ohio State in the BCS
national championship game on Jan. 7 at the Superdome in New
Miles turned down a chance to return to the school where he
played and coached, telling his team earlier in the day that he
would remain at LSU.
Speculation swirled all last week that Miles would leave LSU and
return to Michigan. The Wolverines' job became vacant when Carr
announced his retirement.
Miles was questioned about Michigan during his news conference
Friday at the Georgia Dome. He had said he planned to talk to
Wolverines officials after the SEC game. After the victory, Miles
said he never spoke to Michigan and didn't plan to.
Martin has said he is looking for the next Carr, who led
Michigan to the 1997 national championship and five Big Ten titles
while keeping the school above even suspicions about NCAA
ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting that Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English interviewed for the Arkansas job on Sunday, according to a person briefed on the meeting.
Martin has said he had 20 candidates in mind, and now he'll need
them. Possible choices might include Rutgers coach Greg Schiano,
Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, California coach Jeff Tedford and
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel.
LSU hired Miles away from Oklahoma State after Nick Saban
departed in 2005 to coach the Miami Dolphins.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.