AP source: Kansas AD talk­ing to Miles

Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday) - - Scoreboard - By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer

LAWRENCE, KAN.

Les Miles could be back in the Big 12 soon.

The for­mer Ok­la­homa State coach, who led LSU to the 2007 na­tional cham­pi­onship be­fore get­ting fired four games into the 2016 sea­son, is in ne­go­ti­a­tions with Kansas to take over the down­trod­den Jay­hawks, a per­son with knowl­edge of the dis­cus­sions told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Satur­day.

The per­son spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the deal was not com­plete. There are nu­mer­ous de­tails to work out, though those are ex­pected to be fi­nal­ized in the com­ing days.

Miles would take over for David Beaty, who was fired two weeks ago. Beaty agreed to fin­ish out his fourth sea­son, and is 6-30 head­ing into Satur­day night’s game at sixth-ranked Ok­la­homa.

Miles has long been con­sid­ered the fron­trun­ner for the job be­cause of his close re­la­tion­ship with new Kansas ath­letic di­rec­tor Jeff Long. The two worked to­gether at Michi­gan and stayed in touch over the years. Long tried to hire Miles when he was the AD at Arkansas.

Sports Il­lus­trated first re­ported Fri­day that Long and Miles were in ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Miles, who turned 65 last week, turned around Ok­la­homa State over the course of four years be­fore leav­ing for LSU, where he in­her­ited Nick Sa­ban’s pow­er­house. He won a na­tional ti­tle three years later, then lost to Sa­ban and Alabama in the na­tional cham­pi­onship game.

Les Miles

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