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 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - LSU coach Les Miles asked the local media to let it rest when he was peppered with questions about Michigan's opening.
Good luck on that.
The coach of the top-ranked Tigers became the No. 1 candidate to be the next coach of college football's winningest program as soon as Lloyd Carr said Monday he is retiring after the Wolverines play in a bowl game.
``What I'm doing is what you (the media) should do, and that's let it rest,'' Miles said in Baton Rouge, La.
Miles played for Bo Schembechler at Michigan, where he met his wife and later became an assistant.
In perhaps a no-win situation, Miles said he's not looking for a job and Michigan has not called him. He insisted his focus is on preparing LSU to play Arkansas in the Tigers' regular-season finale.
``I love this team,'' Miles said, tears welling in his eyes before he paused to compose himself.
Michigan athletic director Bill Martin said he had 20 candidates in mind and would form a committee to help him in the search process. He declined to identify any of the coaches.
Martin planned to ask for input from Carr, who indicated interested successors need not apply.
``You don't seek this job,'' Carr said. ``The job seeks you.''
Other possibilities might include Kirk Ferentz of Iowa, where Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman served before coming to Ann Arbor, and major college coaches with Midwest ties such as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, a native of Youngstown, Ohio.
An Iowa spokesman said Monday that Ferentz would not comment.
Carr shared advice he will give to the coach that replaces him. He can draw on his 13 seasons as head coach and his vast experience on the coaching staff at Michigan, dating back to Schembechler's hiring of him 1980.
``You got to be able to take a punch, and know that all those punches are worth it,'' Carr said. ``You get to go down that tunnel and you get to stand on that sideline and you get to represent the greatest university in the world, and you get to recruit the finest kids that play this game. You get the great challenge of trying to do something that is very difficult, and that is to be the best in this country.
``It's hard to do. But it's fun, and it's what makes life really worthwhile.''
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