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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: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:59 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Why?  They have a great Quarterback in that piece of s h i t that threw for 70 yards in the title game ! Screw Les Miles...idiot



Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:58 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Jerry Hinnen-

How is this "news" or even worthy of comment?!?!??!?!?! A pep rally? Ypur "chest and hand gestures" comment was so ridiculous. Have you ever slung mud? Would you claim Mile's clip content as your own if you were slingin' it? On second thought...you probably would.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:58 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Why?  They have a great Quarterback in that piece of s h i t that threw for 70 yards in the title game ! Screw Les Miles...idiot



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:49 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

You have to take his audience into account, like a few years ago when he said LSU had a "new rival in f***ing Alabama". It's what his audience wanted to hear. I'm sure Kevin Wilson had some choice words to say about Kiel, too, but it's Indiana, so who cares?



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:45 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Yeah, like Montana or Theismann.

...you remember, right? When bellbottoms and pork chop side burns were in style! 

In the last 20 years there has been one decent QB come through South Bend....and Brady Quinn ended up flopping in the NFL. That's about 15 QB's. I'd say the Future Nole has a bit of a point. Especially since that's probably longer than he's been alive considering his Sportsline ID. 

And you call yourself Dr. Knowledge?Hmmm.... 



Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:42 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

nice championchip loser boy high school boring ouch sucks 2Innocent be ls uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:42 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Fair point, though what the article ignores is that Keil took an early enrollment spot from another kid.  If he wants to change his mind, fine, but do so in a way that allows others a shot at your spot.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:41 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

This guy has had "despicable creep" written all over him for years.  Now, it's official.  BTW, LSU has the effrontery to call him an 'educator.'' What a joke.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:38 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

This guy (Miles) is publicly slamming an 18 year old in the media??? Real classy. He's a HS kid!!! His mother had second thoughts about him being that far from home, so he made the change for her. Miles might not like it, and he may even have hard feelings about it, but publicly slamming a kid over something like this? Call him and tell him what you think, coach, but keep it out of the media. You're showing no more maturity than Kiel!  



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:33 pm
 

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Future Nole......Great statement: "He will do nothing at Notre Dame. Just like all of their previous QBs have."  Yeah, like Montana or Theismann.


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