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Saban to Miles: Take the Michigan job

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According to the Detroit Free Press, Les Miles is talking to the Wolverines again. Miles had a phone conversation Friday morning with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin and school president Mary Sue Coleman, according to several people with knowledge of the call.

While Miles did sign an LSU contract extension late last week, adding a year to his deal, his yearly salary -- around $2.6 million if he loses the BCS national championship game and close to $3.4 million if he wins it -- remains unchanged. The $1.25-million buyout to leave for Michigan reportedly is still in place.

I'm pumped
I am no Dick Cheney

Miles was quoted as saying, "Yeah, I spoke with them, but only to help them identify other candidates like Brian Kelly, Kirk Ferentz, and Jeff Tedford. I wouldn't pull a Dick Cheney and help the search committee and then offer my own name as the best candidate."

Desmond Howard, a member of the Michigan search committee, told fellow ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit that he is suddenly out of the loop. "I have no idea why."

Former LSU and Miami Dolphin coach Nick Saban said, "He should take whatever job he wants. That's why there are buyout clauses."