LSU coach Les Miles responded Wednesday to the allegations reported in a series of Sports Illustrated articles that have ran this week.
The reports have taken over the media cycle since the first part came out Tuesday morning. The articles allege violations dating back to Miles’ time at Oklahoma State and connect him to issues involving payment to players, academic misconduct and more.
Miles said did not expect this article would attract this attention when he first spoke to SI reporters.
“I had no idea that this would be anything like this,” Miles said.
Miles has remained adamant that he ran a clean program, and there were no violations to his knowledge during his time in Stillwater, Okla.
“We did things correctly,” Miles said. “I have a very strong feeling that this thing was done right. Period. But I wasn’t there at every place at every time. But things we did, we did right.”
Meanwhile, Miles is trying to prepare his team to take on Kent State this Saturday in Tiger Stadium. But little attention has been paid to the Golden Flashes with this report weighing on Miles.
He said he has spoken to his team about the SI articles to ensure that they don’t let this distract his team.
“I said, ‘Frankly, I’ve treated you the same. You guys know me,’” Miles recalled telling the players. “If there was any impropriety, they sure as heck would know it. They understand it. They understand the distraction, and they’re ready to get going. There’s nothing that our guys are carrying with them.”
Miles only addressed the SI issue for a couple minutes Wednesday before Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette steered the press conference back to LSU’s game preparation. But before that, Miles hinted that he will have more to say on this matter when the time is more appropriate.
“At some point and time I’m going to watershed the issues and have my say,” Miles said. “But right now I’m preparing the team, and I’m focused on that.”
Discuss the SI report, Miles' involvement here
---Once Miles actually began discussing his current team, some focused was paid to LSU’s backup quarterback. Anthony Jennings mostly handed the ball off when he came into the game late against UAB, though he did complete his first career pass. Miles said he hopes to get Jennings more involved to prepare him in case he’s needed in an emergency.
“We got to get him into the game,” Miles said. “We got to get him snaps. The second QB spot is hope you never have to put in the game, but when he does go in the game, it’s awfully important he plays well.”
---Miles also hinted that Jeremy Hill could get some more playing time this week. In his return from suspension last week against the Blazers, Hill ran the ball six times for 50 yards.
Miles said Monday he wanted to see how Hill looked during the week before making a determination on how many snaps he’d receive against Kent State. Wednesday, Miles said Hill is making a case to get involved.
“He’s better, and I think he’ll factor in,” Miles said. “He’s prepared to take more carries. He’s getting a good share of the practice snaps.”
---Though fans have had little to criticize with LSU’s start to the season, the secondary has drawn its share of frustration. The DBs, particulary Jalen Collins and Ronald Martin, have had their struggles, particularly in stopping the run, and Miles said he’s hoping to see them improve this week.
“Our secondary just needs to be sound and solid,” Miles said. “I think both of those guys, like the rest of the secondary, needs to do that. Communicate, get us lined up and play downhill to the ball.”
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Les Miles addresses SI report, team's preparation for Kent State
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