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VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:02 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 6:05 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When asked about recruits that head to other programs, many college football coaches will say they only want to talk about the players that did sign. But Les Miles has never been one not to speak on any topic he's been asked about, and so at Wednesday night's "Bayou Bash" recruiting celebration, Miles said exactly what he thought of five-star LSU-commitment-turned-Notre Dame signee Gunner Kiel

"We needed a quarterback in this class. There was a young man from Indiana that thought about coming to the Bayou State," Miles said in reference to Kiel, "[but] he did not necessarily have the chest and the ability to lead a program. So you know."

Miles's emphatic delivery of his statement -- complete with "chest" hand gestures -- helped drive home his negative opinion on Kiel. Via the YouTube channel of the LSU student paper, the Daily Reveille, here's the video:

Miles goes on to praise new LSU quarterback signee Jeremy Liggins, who committed to the Tigers over his hometown Ole Miss Rebels in downtown Oxford.

It goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway: Miles going out of his way to slam a 17-or-18-year-old recruit in the sort of terms you'd hear from the lowest of sports talk-radio callers falls far, far below the standard of class we'd expect from one of the nation's most visible coaches. It's not just that Miles' willingness to sling mud at a teenager makes him seem childish and petty; it's that the swipe seems to be motivated by a need to pander to the worst instincts of the worst part* of his Tiger fanbase. 

There's little doubt Miles hasn't gotten to where he is by being a saint, and we don't blame him for being frustrated by Kiel's decision. But by sounding more like a common dweller on an LSU message board than the man who heads up the entire LSU football program, Miles has let that frustration boil over into a decision he should apologize for at the first opportunity.

*Link contains R-rated language. Video HT: CFT. 

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Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:19 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

I'm sure some LSU fan will come to the aid of obviously a stupid and classless remark from someone who seems to have a history of saying and doing dumb things.  Lucky he is winning, but it would be nice for the university to fine and/or censor their coach.  Also, I am sure one could find a player or two that was told their scholarship wouldn't be renewed for some trival reason, like signing the next great LSU QB.

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:16 am
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Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:03 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

There is no bigger program to lead then ND  Miles needs to get over himself . he should try to coach at ND unlike LSU  thay do not let just anybody at there school , to play football at LSU  all you need to know is how to write your name maybe not even that

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:58 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel


Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:55 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Maybe the young man took a look at the quality of education, oh but wait, isn't the SEC noted for being a top notch conf. for
higher education! I guess we all can't be Vandy, now can we! 

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:51 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Would it kill the writers on CBS to NOT share their opinion on every single story? In the article everything after "It goes without saying" should have actually gone without saying. How about you just write the facts in the story and post your opinions in the comments like the rest of us.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:37 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

What an absolute recruit is a definite thing until they sign on the dotted line.  Kiel made a decision that he felt was best for him and decided to sign with Notre Dame.  I do not necessarily understand the move, other than it keeps him closer to home.  Maybe being close to home and family makes him feel more comfortable, in that case I get it.
Miles needs to quit acting like my two year old daughter when she does not get what she wants.....actually my two old year old handles it better.
After hearing his bashing of Kiel, I hope it wrecks his recruiting in the future.  Think about this..if you are 16 or 17 and heading into your senior year, do you want to be part of a program where coach is less evolved than you?  Do yourself a favor and play for a coach who has his shit together.......I would not want to play or win for a coach with his attitude.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:37 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Geaux Les, way to be classy.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:30 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Miles, act like a dignified coach.  Its January dude, pumping the team up with a "lets hate this kid" speech will be forgotten by Aug 26th.  Kids change their minds, deal with it.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:23 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

 and the parents show their true yankee colors of stupidity.

Hey buford, whataya say ya put down your moonshine and join us here in the 21st century.

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