TAMPA, Fla. — LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said Monday he has not received any contact from officials at Texas asking for permission to speak to coach Les Miles about their vacant head coaching position, and that he expects Miles to be with the Tigers for the foreseeable future.
“He has five years left on his contract, and I expect him to be our coach for a long time to come,” said Alleva, here with the LSU traveling party as the Tigers prepare to take on Iowa in Wednesday’s Outback Bowl, scheduled to kick at noon on ESPN.
Texas coach Mack Brown is stepping down following Monday night’s Alamo Bowl against Oregon. Schools are not required to notify another school if they wish to speak to their coach about a job vacancy, but it is considered a professional courtesy.
Miles, who publicly has twice been considered for the job at Michigan (his alma mater) and once at Arkansas during his nine-year tenure at LSU, has been mentioned in some national media reports as a potential candidate for Texas, but there has been little about Miles and the Longhorns that seems more serious than that.
Miles himself brushed off any such talk at a pre-bowl media session in Baton Rouge.
“Oh, please, let’s not kick my name around,” he said.
Miles, 60, is 94-24 at LSU, with a BCS national championship and two Southeastern Conference titles.
He has led the Tigers to a bowl all nine seasons in Baton Rouge and will likely have them in the final polls for the eighth time following this bowl game.
ASU, LSU set for ’22, ’23
LSU and Arizona State have moved their home-and-home series to 2022 and 2023, said Verge Ausberry, LSU’s senior associate athletic director.
The Sun Devils will host the Tigers in 2022, and LSU will host Arizona State in 2023, Ausberry said.
The two schools announced earlier this year they were postponing games set for 2015 and 2016. LSU and Wisconsin announced in October that they would meet for a game in Lambeau Field in 2016, a reason for the rescheduled games against Arizona State.
LSU was originally set to host ASU on Sept. 12, 2015. Ausberry said the school continues to work for a replacement home game.
The Tigers still don’t have a season opener scheduled for 2015. The school is working to get a game against a major conference team.
The Arizona State and LSU series dates back nearly 10 years.
They were originally slated to play in Baton Rouge in 2005 and in Tempe, Ariz., in 2008, but Hurricane Katrina caused a change in location. LSU’s 2005 home game was moved to Tempe and became a fund-raising effort for hurricane relief.
Radio on the road
Miles will conduct the bowl edition of his radio show Tuesday at Tequilas bar and grill in Tampa. The one-hour show will begin at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. in Tampa). The show, hosted by play-by-play announcer Jim Hawthorne, can be heard in Baton Rouge on Eagle 98.1 FM.
Tequilas is located at 1613 7th Avenue in Ybor City. The Les Miles Show will follow the annual Outback Bowl Parade which also travels down 7th Avenue.