The recruitment of star Columbus, In. quarterback Gunner Kiel was one of the most unpredictable of the class of 2012. First, the five-star prospect shocked everyone and committed to Indiana. Then, he de-committed and opted for LSU. Then, suddenly, he was enrolled at Notre Dame. These multiple changes of heart were a good thing for Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. They were not such a good thing for LSU coach Les Miles. And in speaking to a crowd yesterday, Miles wasn’t exactly shy about that:
We know Miles marches to the beat of his own drum, but…really? We posted yesterday on a Virginia Tech assistant’s mini-meltdown upon learning a previously-committed prospect was heading to Miami, but to have a head coach dissing a recruit like this – not a good look.
Again, yeah: recruiting is stressful, and it’s only natural to get upset when you put a ton of work into landing guy and then you don’t. But…the kids are the ones with their futures most at stake here. Plus, Miles didn’t seem to have much of an issue with Kiel’s waffling when he was the one to benefit. And this is a smaller issue, but “didn’t have the chest”? It’s supposed to be a crack at the kid’s heart, we guess (again, pretty bush league), but it comes off like Miles thinks Kiel has insufficient moobs for the LSU quarterbacking job.
Getting LSU fans pumped up is Miles’ job. But there has to be a way to do it – like, say, talking about the 21 players who did commit – without trash-talking a high schooler who was undoubtedly being pulled in about 20 different directions. And if you really have to make a reference to it, couldn’t you be a little more sly about it? Sure, coaches probably do stuff like this all the time, but that doesn’t make it any less of a low blow. We generally like Miles around here, and it’s a little disappointing to see him partake in the kinds of shots we’d have sooner expected from Lane Kiffin at Tennessee.