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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: Jun 2, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:21 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Im pretty sure Miles was born in ohio...Explains alot. Oh, his name is Shane Morris, he is a 5-star and the #1 QB for 2013. Committed to UofM. Im sure Cryer will be slithering in though.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:04 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Maybe his slamming a 17 year old the way he did is a reflection of the frustation  of not doing his job.... If Miles would have done a better job recruiting the young man maybe he would have went to LSU ..... I guess Keeley might be the better recruiter ...

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:01 am

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Dear Gunner, The choice was yours to make and you made the choice that made the most sense for you.  The other side of the coin is that you will never be in a BCS game, much less the championship game during your stay at ND.
Dear, oscwahoo, your opinion is useless outside of your own head. It means nothing to anyone but you. The other side of the coin is that people will forget what you said here and won't be called out on it. 

Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:59 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

A sad comment refering to the service. Like football is so important when we have 18 and 19 year olds dying in Afganistan. We need to support our young men whether they play football or are in the service, not disrepect them. Some people need to grow up on this posting site. And by the way the civil war is over and both sides in reality lost. Many good men on both sides gave their lives. Time to put football in perspective, it's important but still just a game for young men and fans to enjoy, it's NOT life or death.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:51 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Did anyone watch the "National Championship?" Kiel did. The SEC is no place for an actual quarterback...

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:49 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

What world does Les Miles occupy that he thinks he can steal away a Notre Dame legacy after displaying one of the worst coaching performances in the history of college football?   Without a doubt, Gunner Kiel saw what a terrible coach Les Miles is and wanted no part of that Pop Warner offense.
Now, "The Worst Coach in the History of College Football" is upset.  Go figure.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:39 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

If i was a Great QB in Football,the last Conference i would go would be The SEC,other than the Razorbacks,every other school hands the ball off.How many SEC QB's are doing anything in The NFL Don't say Tebow either,Cam Newton yes but he was there one year.After watching Les Choke in the NC game.He shouldn't talk Shit about anybody.he shit down his leg in that game.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:36 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

If you were a great quarterback would you want to play for a gerbel like Less Miles? What an idiot to slam an 18-year-old kid who obviously couldn't make up his mind and switch his commitment three times. Lester you need to learn how to or get someone who knows how to coach the quarterbacks you already have. Jordan Jefferson looked as lost as General Custer at The Little Bighorn in the NCG.

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:33 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

If you changed your mind, you really didn't make up your mind in the first place.
Women are allowed to do that.  Men are not. 
Generation flake.    

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:31 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Kiel robably wouldn't have fit in Miles program anyway ... he's too SMART!!!

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