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Fox Sports, ESPN broadcasters push for Kansas to hire Les Miles as football coach

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Former LSU football coach Les Miles’ name has been linked to Kansas for quite a while.

There was speculation that KU would make a run at hiring Miles long before the Jayhawks fired David Beaty, who will coach through the end of the season.

Kansas athletic director Jeff Long worked at Arkansas when Miles was coaching LSU, so the two know each other, and that’s one reason why some believe Miles would be considered.

Miles, 64, is also getting talked up for the KU job by two national broadcasters: Fox Sports’ Tim Brando and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt.

Brando, who called games with Miles in the past, took to Twitter to talk up his former colleague.

Brando tweeted on Tuesday night: “I spoke to Les Miles last night and feel confident that he embraces coming to KU big time. His relationship with @jefflongKU is strong and the credibility factor is huge. Nonsense about age?Out the window. Les is a vegan and in the best shape of his life. Hope reports are true.”

Van Pelt talked about Miles being a good fit at KU later on Tuesday.

“I want him back in the game, just because I’m selfish, because it’s more fun when he’s involved,” Van Pelt said. “Better rip out that FieldTurf in Lawrence and get some grass in there. You got a ball coach on your radar, Kansas. Make it happen.”

Here’s the clip:

After Van Pelt, whose Twitter handle is @notthefakeSVP, talked up Miles, Brando tweeted: “Looks as if @notthefakeSVP is with me on @CoachLesMiles to Kansas. Great minds think alike! Perfect timing and “big picture” which all of us discuss an incredible hire. @jefflongKU May go elsewhere but Miles would energize recruiting and the KU base immediately!”

Brando followed that up by tweeting: “Here here to @notthefakeSVP a great hire for Kansas!”

Will these two broadcasters sway Long? Probably not, but they would like to see Les Miles in Lawrence.