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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, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:13 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Les Miles is a toothless redneck like most of the SEC fanbase.  CLASSLESS!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:09 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

While I would have preferred that Les not say anything, I do not find this that big of a deal.  Just the comments from a spurned coach.  It happens.  I am sure that, in part, Les was just upset because the kid did not tell anyone from LSU that he was not attending; he just enrolled at ND.  He could have at least given someone from LSU a heads up so the staff would have known that they need to recruit a QB.  LSU was lucky to get the kid from Mississippi to commit to us.  I guess  Gunner felt that he did not owe LSU a call, so Miles felt that he did not owe Gunner anything.  I am OK with that.  As far as the oversignings that keep coming up from the jealous types, it happened at LSU once where a scholarship was pulled, and that kid landed on his feet at Tennessee.  Well, if you call going to Tennessee landing on your feet.  Sorry Vol fans, but you guys have fallen.  Good luck getting up.  Miles was absolutely terrible in the NC game, but I am smart enough to judge him by his whole body of work and not one terrible game.  Not many coaches can match up to what he has done at LSU, so I think we will keep him even though many of you seem to think he is terrible.  To each his own.   

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:38 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:21 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

What a piece of work!  He can "steal" any player from any team but when he gets snubbed, he whines like an Arkansas Razorback caught in a trap.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:38 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Ol' leslie piles.  He's always been a tote of guano.  He thinks he's PDI.  He's disrespectful, not well spoken, and pretty much a big swinging richard.
[he also needs to learn how to pronounce states correctly]

The guy is an average coach at best.  He wins simply because he fields a team full of allstars.  Most anyone with a pulse could coach lsewe to 8+ wins a year.  Talented players makes up a huge % of wins in games, not coaching genius.  Coaching definitely has its place & importance, but coaches don't execute the plays on the field.  
IE, put leslie as the HC of say...  Idaho.  Would he suddenly make them go undefeated every year??  Nope, they have no talent.  It's easy to win when your team is a bunch of 4* & 5* players; even his backups are almost all 4* players.

Put his stank bASS at FAU, he wont be winning anything there, just like nobody else would  -  no talent there.

les is a pile, er miles.  And his constant retarded behavior and comments proves this.  He's a highlight reel of douchebaggery.   &nb
sp;     &n

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:21 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

it, not "i".

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:21 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

I think sheyn summed i up perfecty.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:20 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

ellupo, completely agree.  I think I'd almost have more respect for Miles if he HAD said it to Kiel.  Somehow it seems even worse that he has to "talk behind his back".

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:13 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Should have GK informed LSU he was flipping? Probably.

Should the head coach of a college football power like LSU be more of an adult and move on? Yes

Did LM and LSU lose respect by those outside the state? Definitely.    

Do LSU fans, LM, and LSU really care? probably not. 


Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:05 pm

VIDEO: Les Miles slams Gunner Kiel

Miles may be an idiot and classless but I do not think he was trying to hurt this kid.  The event he was at was not supposed to be recored and shown to everyone.  I still think he is a classless dirtbag but do not think he intended this to get out so the kid would hear.

Exactly. 5'd

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