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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: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:47 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Les Miles, you are losing more credibility every day. The kid is 17 or 18, give us a break, look at the US Military and ask me how many of those kids would have changed their mind if they were allowed (they are but they never seem to be told about that route). This tantrum helps validate that Miles has a huge ego, I didn't want to believe that he would not play Lee who started 9 games over a football matter, Lee and the coach disagreed on something. I do believe now Miles has been far more lucky then good

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:42 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Wow Les, don't be such an ass. It's a teenager who's making the biggest decision of his life so far and you want to slam him. Can we say he's butt-hurt?

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:41 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

I like Miles and all but what an idiot to attack a 17 year old kid like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!      Would he be saying all this if Kiel had stayed at LSU?   Miles sounds like a spoiled 10 year old!!!


Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:39 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Les Miles is a scumbag. While coaching Oklahoma State, he left a note stating that he would not be available to coach the team in the Alamo Bowl for personal reasons. Those personal reasons were that he was interviewing for the L.S.U. job. And now he is rediculing a kid who changed his mind while himself oversigning recruits? He is a disgrace to LSU and to the SEC (as well as to Okla. St).

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:37 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Wayto go LOSER, a 17 year old kid...ohh yah IDIOT he left Indiana for LSU so is it that big of a deal he left LSU for ND?  Ohhh yah, maybe the kids wanted a REAL EDUCATION!  Looks like he made the right choice!

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:36 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

If the player didn't have the chest or talent to lead a program, why'd you bother recruiting him, dummy?

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:29 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Les Miles slamming a 17 year old, grow up Les.  Who cares, not like Les knows when to play a GOOD QB, I mean he did keep Jefferson out there all game for the championship.

Les, this is what most people think of you doing this 

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:23 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

That's terrible. Les Miles has more than likely cut a 3 star recruit who wholeheartedly signed with all intentions of being a Bayou Bengal for a 5 star last second signing. All these coaches are very cut throat and if the cheek was turned, miles would throw this kid under the bus. I think it is wrong for these kids to switch their commits, but I'm damn near thirty. When I was 18, I was a a hole. They are just kids after all. Miles is a douchebag!

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:16 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Please fix your HTML codes so I can read this article. You'd think the CBS staff would understand this stuff by now.

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