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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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Comments

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:28 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Way to stay classy Miles...



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:26 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Wow, that's some real class right there!



Since: May 1, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:23 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

The kid decided he wanted to play football AND get an education. Isn't that what a University is for?  Maybe education was one of his priorities.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:19 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

It was apparently ok for him to back off from Indiana and commit to LSU



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:18 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Hold on, this kid "" made a commitment!!!   If this young kid hasn't been taught what that means, then he is by no means beyond reproach of criticism.
He made a non-binding commitment - apparently, only you don't know what that means. How about LSU oversigning recruits and then dropping them (want to ask Elliott Porter what he thinks about LSU)? How about J.C. Copeland, who was a verbal commit to Tennessee for a while, until LSU poached him? Heck, Kiel was an Indiana commit until LSU pulled him away.

Plus, the experession is either "beyond reproach" or "beyond criticism"; "reproach of criticism" doesn't mean anything.





Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:17 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel



The wimp deserved it. Same type of kid that would tell the Army ok, then say nevermind I would rather move to Canada and be known as a Dodger from pain. Gunner will probably do better at Notre Dame than in the SEC. his parents were probably to scared for their son to get killed against SEC D's. What a wus and the parents show their true yankee colors of stupidity.



Since: May 1, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:14 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Just remember, at LSU you expect more but you get LES.



Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:08 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Les Miles is a bully. What a pathetic piece of crap. Kids should decide where to go, not adults.




Since: May 1, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:07 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

No comment on Gunner because a kid has to go with his heart.
However, Les is proud of the fact that they graduate 76% of their athletes? That means 1 out of every 4 athletes does not graduate! I thought they were supposed to be educators first. He shouldn't be bragging about this graduation rate! Is LSU supposed to be a University with student-athletes. 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:02 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

poor miles, it seems that guy cannot seem to land a good quartrback. there are many good qb 's out there it is just that he cannot find the or develop them. it is a weakness.


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