LSU's Miles didn't want UM job to become distraction

The Detroit News

LSU coach Les Miles said Thursday on SiriusXM College Sports Nation he addressed any rumors involving him and the Michigan coaching vacancy because he had to keep his team focused.

LSU is preparing to face Notre Dame in a bowl game.

"It became such a constant question," Miles told the show. "I couldn't put it behind us. Our football team is preparing to play a significant game against Notre Dame. I certainly didn't want a distraction in any way."

Miles, who played and coached for Michigan, told local reporters earlier in the week he was not considering the Michigan job, which has been vacant since Dec. 2 when Brady Hoke was fired. He would not, however, allow the reporters to record his comments.

Jim Harbaugh has widely been considered the favorite for the opening and reportedly was made an offer Wednesday that would make him the top-paid coach in college football.

"The only thing I can tell you is I'm so for Michigan," Miles told SiriusXM. "They have a process. They're going to go through it. They'll get a great coach. I wish him the very best."

Miles said the Michigan family is united.

"The people at Michigan, the people that care about the Big House, the history of Bo (Schembechler) and the great coaches that have been there, there's no rift there," Miles said. "They will come together very quickly. Everybody wants the best for their alma mater."