HOOVER, Ala. – LSU coach Les Miles, whose school is under NCAA investigation for its dealings with Willie Lyles, said he uses recruiting services primarily for the video services they provide.
“We use XOS, it does just a tremendous body of work,” Miles said Friday. “We certainly want to cover the country. We have to have film video of prospects really across the country. We feel like there are certain areas we need to cover in other years more and certainly we want to recruit from Houston through to Florida. We’re going to hit those things hard absolutely.
“Certain years we’re going to be interested in junior colleges, but the point being you get it done, you get [the video] just as efficiently as you can and you study it. That’s how we’re going to recruit.
“There’s really nothing else a service can provide us other than video.”
Miles said he was prohibited from talking about Lyles and said the school was fully cooperating with the NCAA.
LSU paid $6,000 for Lyles’ junior college package. Oregon paid $25,000 and Cal $5,00 for Lyles’ recruiting services, which have been exposed as incomplete and fraudulent.
Miles, in his initial interview session at SEC Media Days, was asked about SEC commissioner Mike Slive’s proposed changes, including multi-year scholarships and increasing the GPA for incoming freshman from 2.0 to 2.5.
“There always will be change,” Miles said. “There’s a positive piece there. I think cost of attendance is a wonderful piece. I think [Slive] brings to light a multi-year scholarship that could be [extended to] six years. In my opinion anything that extends the timeline to allow our guys to graduate is a very good thing.”
Miles wasn’t as agreeable with the increased GPA. He believes colleges shouldn’t be “elitist” and said college was a place individuals “learn to develop.”
“I might see the 2.5 [GPA] in a freshman year before he plays as a real issue,” Miles said. “I got a degree in economics from a very prestigious institution [Michigan]. I can’t tell you when I achieved a 2.5, I hope I have. So that may have prohibited me from taking snaps – other than my lack of talent.”
Also, an LSU spokesman said that WR Russell Shepard has not been suspended. Shepard was scheduled to attend media days, but was replaced. Miles said Shepard had some personal issues he had to resolve in Baton Rouge, La., but would not elaborate.