Michigan, which is in the midst of searching for a new football coach, has reached out to LSU coach Les Miles through his agent, a source close to the situation told The Detroit News on Tuesday.
Another source with knowledge of the Michigan search said there was no truth to a report late Tuesday that Duke coach David Cutcliffe had turned down the job. Gil Brandt, a longtime NFL personnel executive and now an NFL.com analyst, wrote on Twitter that Cutcliffe had been made an offer.
Duke University denied that Cutcliffe had been contacted.
"Coach Cutcliffe has not been contacted by anyone at the University of Michigan regarding the school's open head coaching position," Art Chase, assistant athletic director / external affairs, told The Detroit News.
Efforts to reach Brandt were unsuccessful.
Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett is leading the search to replace Brady Hoke, fired eight days ago after four seasons. Hackett is using a search firm to assist in the search, as was reported last week in The Detroit News. Those firms often are used to reach out to potential candidates to see if they would be interested. The search firm presumably has contacted a number of coaches, but those contacts do not necessarily mean those coaches are targets.
Former Michigan quarterback and current San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is considered the favored candidate by Hackett.
But Miles has deep ties to Michigan, as well. He played for Bo Schembechler and also served as an assistant coach for the Wolverines. Miles' agent, George Bass, has not returned a request for comment.
According to The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, La., LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said he has not been contacted by anyone regarding Miles.