Michigan closing in on The Hat?

Les Miles had serious interest in Michigan's head-coaching vacancy three years ago, but the feeling wasn't mutual.

Things have changed this time around.

Sources tell colleague Joe Schad that Michigan expressed interest in talking to Miles before the AT&T Cotton Bowl and will meet with the LSU coach in the near future.

From Schad's story:

One source close to Miles said a time and place has not been finalized. Another source said the coach would give LSU 24 hours notification before the interview and that had not occurred. Miles, a Michigan alum, would be interested in listening to athletic director Dave Brandon, one source close to him said.

Miles was non-committal when asked about his future at LSU after the bowl game, although LSU athletic director Joe Alleva released a statement earlier Saturday saying he had not been contacted by Michigan to speak with Miles. But the these things work though back channels, and you can bet Michigan has been trying to gauge Miles' interest for some time.

Miles was the first name I heard as a candidate when Michigan fired Rich Rodriguez earlier this week. San Diego State's Brady Hoke also remains in the mix for the top job.

Miles makes good coin at LSU and has a sizable buyout, but Brandon made it pretty clear Wednesday that money won't stop Michigan.

If Miles is Michigan's top choice and a good offer is extended, I'd be somewhat surprised if he turns down the job.