AP source: Kansas AD talking to Miles
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.