Les Miles vs. Gunner Kiel: The Cowardly TigerFebruary 3, 2012
by: Claude Clayborne
Les Miles is a loser in my book for the stunt he pulled regarding the recruitment of Notre Dame signee Gunner Kiel.
Les Miles is a loser, because he hasn’t won anything since the SEC championship game to be honest. Alabama just whooped your ass for all the marbles in the BCS Championship for starters. Then you lost the top three recruits in your state — Denzel Devall and Landon Collins went to Alabama and Toshiro Davis signed with Texas. Furthermore, Kiel decided to enroll early at Notre Dame, so one can only imagine the frustration that Miles has built up in the last month. However, calling out any 18 year old on the ground of making a decision that is best for himself is absolutely wrong.
Keep in mind head coaches are entrusted to raise and influence young men. That is the job description: take a teenager and mold him into a productive balanced grown man.The NCAA should fine coaches for catty and classless activity. What does this childish statement say to the 115 young men Les Miles is in charge of at the moment? Even if coaches make vague statements, they should be fined, because most of the time we know who they are talking about. The same could be said about the flat out denial of Virginia Tech that Frank Beamer didn’t have a few choice words for West Boca Raton linebacker, Jawand Blue, after he signed with Miami. College coaches need to stop letting their inflated egos make it ok to take out frustration with young recruits on the national stage. It has to end, you don’t see Bill Gates crying on CNN talking about what an intern did or didn’t do. The same thing applies leave these YOUNG MEN ALONE. The NCAA makes it a point of interest to make instances like these a thing of the past. If I was Gunner Kiel’s father, I would be knocking at Miles’ door to see if he had the chest to stand behind his word face to face with a grown man.