According to The Times-Picayune, Miles did not use the exact words but said “good bye” to fans after “a great 11 years.”
"“He said , ‘We’re a second family to him and he’s going to miss us, he appreciates his real friends, and then he told us good bye,'” the source said. “It was very emotional but in control.” Another source said Miles told the group he “wouldn’t be seeing them at the bowl game, he would “always be a Tiger” and “thanks for a great 11 years.”"
Miles is 110-32 over 11 seasons with the Tigers, with two SEC Championships and a national title. If LSU lets him go before Dec. 31, the Tigers will owe Miles a $15m buyout. How this was handled suggests college football is becoming a different sport. Nine-figure revenues will do that.
UPDATE: It seems we have an anonymous source interpretation battle. Ross Dellenger is reporting Miles did not explicitly acknowledge Saturday would be his last game and has not been told anything officially.
Miles is renowned for not using precise diction. It’s possible reasonable people had different interpretations of what Miles said. Whether Miles confirmed, suggested, or strongly implied, his departure seems like a fait accompli.