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LSU loses second candidate, eyes Oklahoma State coach

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino withdrew from consideration for the opening at LSU on Saturday, two days after Arkansas coach Houston Nutt did the same.

Meanwhile, reported Oklahoma State coach Les Miles has become the leading candidate to replace Nick Saban, who is leaving for the NFL's Dolphins.

Miles took over the Cowboys in 2000 after a 3-8 season. He is 28-21 in four seasons and 7-5 in 2004, including a 33-7 loss to Ohio State in Wednesday's Alamo Bowl.

"LSU has a tradition-rich program with much to offer," Petrino said in a statement. "But as I reflect on what we've accomplished in a short time here at Louisville, we're on the brink of establishing a great program that will compete for a national championship. I want to see that through."

No. 7 Louisville finished 11-1 and is leaving Conference USA, a non-BCS league, for the Big East, a BCS league. It recently gave Petrino a raise from $550,000 to $1-million a season plus incentives.

LSU declined to comment.