Miles became favorite when Petrino backed away

LSU's saga of a search for its new football coach has ended at Les Miles.

LSU has picked Miles, who led Oklahoma State to three bowls in four seasons, to replace Nick Saban as head football coach.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys are expected to move quickly to replace Miles, with Oklahoma State sources telling ESPN Radio's Doug Gottlieb that offensive coordinator Mike Gundy is the odds-on favorite to be the replacement. Gundy met with university president Dr. David Schmidley on Sunday to discuss the job, the sources said.

At least five and as many as six current Oklahoma State assistants are expected to leave Stillwater with Miles to join his LSU staff, sources have told Gottlieb. The main sticking point in the negotiations had been that Miles insisted that his assistants be given three-year contracts, the same insistence that Miles had during his tenure at Oklahoma State.

Defensive coordinator Bill Clay, wide receivers coach Todd Monken, running backs coach Larry Porter, tight ends coach Josh Henson, secondary coach Doug Mallory and director of football operations Mack Butler are the staff members expected to join Miles at LSU, according to a Daily Oklahoman report.

In his four years at Oklahoma State, 51-year-old Miles was 28-21. This was the third consecutive year that the Cowboys had gone to a bowl game, which hadn't happened at OSU since 1985. On Wednesday, Oklahoma State lost 33-7 to Ohio State in the Alamo Bowl.

Miles, who traveled to Baton Rouge on Sunday to meet with new LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe and other school officials, emerged as the top candidate Saturday after Louisville coach Bobby Petrino withdrew from consideration.

The job opened when Saban announced on Christmas that he was taking the head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins.

Saban had the nation's richest college football contract, a
seven-year, $18.45 million deal he signed after winning a share of
the national title in 2003. The school is completing a stadium
expansion and a new football operations center.

LSU hoped to complete its search quickly to allow the new coach to immediately get involved with recruiting, but the process was delayed because the most prominent candidates were coaching in bowl games or in the NFL.

Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt withdrew from consideration Thursday. LSU had hoped to interview Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, but Del Rio backed out of an interview Friday.

Miles has experience as an NFL assistant and as a head coach in a power conference. He also comes as a Louisiana outsider.

This year, Miles revamped his offense after losing two potential starting quarterbacks -- one to professional baseball, the other to injury. Oklahoma State went from a prolific passing attack to a run-first operation and still managed to win seven games and go to the Alamo.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.