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Miles to the NFL? LSU's recruits will hear it

Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 8:20 pm

Posted by Bryan Fischer

"Any little edge."

That's what one assistant once told me about recruiting. Their staff, another staff, everybody's staff. It's how the game is played nowadays.

That's why news that NFL teams might pursue LSU head coach Les Miles after this season will - in some form or fashion - affect the Tigers' recruiting. LSU currently has 19 players committed for the class of 2012, most of whom are solid and will end up putting on the purple and gold. But for some, like wide four-star Pompano Beach (Fla.) receiver Avery Johnson - younger brother of former Baton Rouge star Patrick Peterson - the article about Miles will likely be printed out or emailed to him by the end of the day by other SEC programs.

Any little edge. Create some doubt about the head coach being there to coach a recruit all three or four years he's at a school is one of the most common tactics other coaches use to negative recruit. It was used against Pete Carroll and Kirk Ferentz for years and the same was said of Nick Saban during his time at LSU before he ultimately left for the NFL. Coaches hate it and will do as much as they can to dispel it but still, this type of negative recruiting goes on all the time.

On the NFL side, it's easy to see why Miles fits the mold of a college coach who could make a successful jump up. According to CBSSports' Michael Freeman:

League executives also seem to be impressed with Miles' ability to build and maintain a top-level program. While the challenges and differences between professional and college are obvious -- the salary cap being the biggest -- Miles has made LSU into a staying power in the toughest conference in the country.

The Hat on the NFL sidelines? For LSU and college football fans, we hope not. But either way, it will probably come up to a few players in the Tigers' 11th-ranked recruiting class.


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:04 am

Miles to the NFL? LSU's recruits will hear it

Who cares if recruits hear it.  They heard it every year when Saban was at LSU, but LSU still had great recruiting classes.  As Saban used to say, would you rather go to a university where the NFL is interested in the HC, or a university where the NFL has no interest in the HC.  That should tell you something about the HC.  Just because Freeman says something does not make it true.  Miles makes about $4million a year and is pretty comfortable at LSU.  The NFL would have to make a heck of an offer to get him to even consider leaving, and I do not see that happening.  It is nice for Les to get some positive attention from the national media though. 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:14 pm

Miles to the NFL? LSU's recruits will hear it

I think you missed my point. Yes Les Miles could go to the NFL and will do so if he feels he needs to accomplish something more than winning at LSU and Winning National Championships. My comments were directed at CBS for trying to disrupt the LSU program and putting thoughts in the heads of future recruits and current recruits. This seems like a head hunting thing on CBS part for some reason to keep kids away from LSU. I see now that two more reporters have jumped on this story. It is really a shame that CBS sports writers have to start crap like this and we are only into week 4 or 5 of the college season. Freeman is one of the poorest reporters they have and always starts crap that never has any validty to it. Leave LSU and other coaches alone and report on true factual events happening in sports on on speculation. Who is Next? Stoops? WI Coach? Saban Again? Enough is enough, Freeman and the rest of CBS writers need to find a real job as they sure as hell do not know football.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 3:06 pm

Miles to the NFL? LSU's recruits will hear it

They'll hear it, but it isn't going to happen. Why go to the NFL when you're an individual who wants to influence the lives of young people? Doesn't happen at the next level. His peers have learned it, from Spurrier to Saban. Les Miles is a college coach who will make far more becoming a legendary coach at LSU than jumping into the "What have you done for me lately" realm of the NFL. He didn't sign that contract extension for nothin'... And LSU will be better next year than they are THIS year. Too enjoyable to leave for an NFL project squad. 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:50 pm

Miles to the NFL? LSU's recruits will hear it

Geaux Marines: Miles also saw another big time college coach become a LEGEND in the NFL (in the right situation at the right time), Jimmy Johnson helped build the Cowboys into 3 time Super Bowl champions. Also, Bill Walsh from Stanford to the NFL worked out pretty good too.

Just because Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier and Pete Carrol couldn't cut it in the BIG LEAGUES as a head coach, it doesn't mean that Les shouldn't or wouldn't give it a shot if the opportunity opened up for him. No offense intended but, Baton Rouge is well....(IMHO) small potatoes when compared to a life of being a NFL head coach.

If he isn't any good he can always go back and settle for being a very good college coach, just like his good old buddys Nick & The Old Ball Coach did when they settled for jobs as very big fish in the smaller pond of the NCAA versus a career at the pinnacle of their profession, the NFL.

At his age though I believe, he'll stay put, it's too late to start all over again. And NFL HC's have to put in way too many hours during the week when compared to their NCAA counterparts. And roster manipulation is harder to pull off in the pro's as well.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:35 pm

Miles to the NFL? LSU's recruits will hear it

Why is this being published by CBS sports now? They like most of the media are LSU Bashers and Haters and will try anything to distract LSU as a team, forget about the future recruits, CBS is trying to upset the current players and coaches on the team. So I ask what is your purpose in this classless article other than to try and keep LSU from getting to the National Championship and winning it again under Les Miles? Leave this kind of garbage off the press, if LSU wins the championship then talk about his premature departure in January. Do any of you people who write for CBS have a degree or any kind of knowledge about Les Miles and Football, all you like to do is start rumors when you are really to do dumb to cover the sport and the Man and the Team. Miles saw what happened to Saban and the Million dollar cry babies in Miami and he is seeing what is happening in Seattle, he is not dumb enough to leave one of the best jobs in college football to put with the NFL.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:12 pm

Miles to the NFL? LSU's recruits will hear it

He's not going anywhere.  He's too smart.

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