Les Miles on Kansas radar? Report: Jayhawks plane headed to Baton Rouge

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Les Miles
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Former LSU coach Les Miles has seen his name connected with the vacancy at the University of Kansas ever since Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long announced that head coach David Beaty would not return in 2019.

Now, there could be fire with that smoke. Kansas City Star writer Jesse Newell reported Tuesday afternoon a Kansas charter is headed to Louisiana.

Miles, who turned 65 on Saturday, reportedly spoke to KU officials last week.

The connection between Miles and Long is not surprising. In 2012, while athletic director at Arkansas, Long attempted to lure Miles from Baton Rouge to Fayetteville. Miles said earlier this year he considered the offer, but in the end, he did not want to relocate his family from Baton Rouge.

Miles has been in the running for a few jobs since parting ways with LSU in September 2016, but his work since then has been limited to the broadcast industry, including a podcast with his daughter Smacker.

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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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