A candidate on Baylor's short list, Les Miles is focused on a Power Five job

Les Miles is officially a candidate at Baylor.

While the name of the former LSU coach has been attached to the opening in the past, multiple sources have indicated to CBS Sports that Miles is indeed in the mix.

Miles himself told CBS Sports he is willing to listen about any Power Five job.

"I'm making myself available to search firms," Miles said. "I'm communicating the best I can."

Baylor is using high-profile search firm Eastman & Beaudine to at least help identify its next coach. Acting coach Jim Grobe is 6-3 this season after taking over for the fired Art Briles.

"I am not out of [coaching]," Miles stressed, "so you know."

The 63-year-old Miles went 114-34 at LSU before being fired on Sept. 26. Since then, he has made it clear he wants to get back into coaching in 2017.

Miles remains a possibility but the two names most prominently mentioned at Baylor are Cal's Sonny Dykes and North Carolina's Larry Fedora.

Dykes is only 4-6 with the Bears this season, but the coach developed the NFL's 2016 No. 1 overall pick in quarterback Jared Goff. Dykes also won at Louisiana Tech (22-15 in three seasons). The feeling is that Dykes would have access to better players in his native Texas and continue the up-tempo offensive philosophy.

Fedora's name has also come up at LSU. He and former Texas coach Mack Brown are the only two living coaches to win at least 10 games in a season at North Carolina.

The Tar Heels remain in the running for the ACC title game. Previously, Fedora had coached North Carolina twice to at least a share of the Coastal Division title.

Baylor desperately needs to address recruiting. The 2016 class was gutted after the sexual assault scandal. With two commitments in 2017, Baylor is ranked 137th nationally by 247Sports behind eight FCS programs.

With a coaching staff that almost assuredly is going to be canned en masse, there can't be much motivation to recruit.

These desperate times meaning the new guy is going to be given some time build the program back up.

As for Miles, one source said he is on Baylor's short list.

As for Miles, who is trying like heck to get back in the Power Five, Baylor should be on his short list, too.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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