LSU try to put aside distractions and focus on Tennessee for SEC title

ATLANTA (AP) - Les Miles tried once, twice, three times to deflect talk about Michigan. The more he dodged, the more he was quizzed.

The LSU coach was asked six times in all about a possible move, then time ran out on his interview session setting up the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Miles said, "There will be no distractions."

Before leaving the podium, Miles took care of a final piece of business: He reached into his pocket, pulled out his cell phone and checked for text messages.

No matter how Miles sees it, there sure seems to be a lot swirling around the Number five Tigers as they prepare for Number 14 Tennessee.

Miles might skip to his alma mater. Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini could bolt to Nebraska. No word yet, either, on whether banged-up Matt Flynn or Ryan Perrilloux will start at quarterback tomorrow.

Miles said the reports are Michigan has asked for permission to speak with him, saying, "I'll allow that after this game."

Along with playing and coaching at Michigan, Miles also met his wife on the Wolverines' campus.

While Miles tried to focus on the Volunteers (9-3) and an outside shot at getting a chance to play for the national championship, his situation remained the main topic.

A few hours before LSU (10-2) practiced, a black pickup decked out in Tennessee orange pulled into the Georgia Dome parking lot. A sign was painted on the back: "840 Miles to Knoxville. 630 Miles to Atlanta. 1 Miles to Ann Arbor."

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