Report: Kansas finalizing deal to hire Les Miles

(WIBW) - Perhaps college football's most recognizable free agent coach is reportedly close to coming to Kansas.

Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger reported on Friday that former LSU head coach Les Miles and KU are finalizing a deal for Miles to be the Jayhawks' next football coach. Dellenger's report states an announcement could be coming from Kansas this weekend.

LSU announced a settlement on Miles' contract buyout from the university on Thursday. The school fired him back in 2016 and still owed its former coach $6.5 million through 2023. But the two sides agreed on a one-time, lump sum payment of $1.5 million, freeing Miles to fully pursue another job.

In stops at Oklahoma State and LSU, Miles went 142-55. With the Cowboys, he went to three bowl games after the program had just one winning season in the 12 years prior to his arrival.

With the Tigers, he became one of the most successful and popular coaches in college football. Miles led LSU to two SEC championships and a national title in 2007. The school let him go four games into the 2016 season after LSU started 2-2 and continued to struggle on offense.

Miles would be the fourth Kansas coach since 2009, which was Mark Mangino's last season. The Jayhawks have gone 18-88 in that period. They haven't made a bowl game since 2008.