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Les Miles defends his academic record in Stillwater

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The first two installments of Sports Illustrated‘s expose’ have painted in a very unflattering light the Oklahoma State football program in general and Les Miles specifically.

Miles, the Cowboys’ head coach from 2001-04 — the period in which a sizable chunk of the SI allegations were alleged to have occurred — used his current platform as LSU’s coach to address the accusations leveled in the five-part piece.  On the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday, and after touching on the 12th anniversary of 9/11 as well as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Miles vehemently defended his time in Stillwater,

From Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

“I revered my time in Stillwater. The idea that someone would characterize the program that was run there as anything but right and correct… did we work hard? You betcha. Did we make tough decisions about starting lineups? You betcha. But every guy was encouraged to get his degree, stay the course and fight.

“I can tell you that people that were commenting on the state of the program weren’t there long enough to figure it out. They heard me tell them attend class, do the right things and heard me routinely. I’m going to withhold further comment. I can tell you that staff, family and friends, anybody that sat in our meeting rooms, knew that this thing was done right. I want to withhold further comment to get my team ready to play against a quality Kent State. That’s my push.”

Miles left the Cowboys following the 2004 season to take the same job at LSU.  In SI’s most recent article, Terry Henley, an academic adviser for football since 2000, was quoted as saying that, in regards to Miles, “no, he didn’t promote academics.”

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15 Responses to “Les Miles defends his academic record in Stillwater”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 11, 2013 1:03 PM

    I do not believe that Coach Miles did not promote academics. That is not in keeping with what numerous media and witnesses, including former players are the record for saying at Oklahoma State and at LSU.

    Numerous witnesses and myself have witnessed Miles emphasizing academics all throughout his time at LSU. When Miles became the LSU football coach, the graduation rates of foo0tball players was poor. During his tenure at LSU, the graduation rate for football players has risen to where it is now second in the SEC, just under Vanderbilt, and comparable to many other major university football programs in the Big 12, ACC, Big 10 and PAC 12.

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 11, 2013 1:14 PM

    I have made numerous favorable comments regarding Les Miles in this blog over the past 2 years. I’m not about to turn on him now. I really doubt that the SI article could be accurate. How could such truly outrageous actions go unnoticed all of these years (rhetorical question – not trying to open a debate)?

  3. donth8thehorns says: Sep 11, 2013 3:20 PM

    While I have NO first hand knowledge of les miles or the program @ LSU, I can tell you this much. College football in a multi billion dollar business. It has it’s written rules & “unwritten” rules. No program is without a “gray” area. None! SI has some agenda to attack that particular program, and it smells fishy to me! It is unfortunate for these hacks to use their platform @ SI to degrade the coach and program. It has stench , and we all smell it

  4. ldfontenot says: Sep 11, 2013 4:09 PM

    I really don’t know anything about John Taylor ( the author of this article), but I do know Florio and his admitted dependence on what he calls his “bulls**t meter.” Well, right about know Florio ‘s meter is probably at Defcon 5. FLORIO was the only journalist to take on Roger Goodell and predict that the saints players were going to win their lawsuit- which they did when the NFL waived all sanctions – because the evidence was trumped up to the extreme and invented a bounty program from a pay for performance program by a scum bag with an agenda, just like the Boomer Sooner journalist (and I don’t think Oklahoma or their fans wanna claim this poor excuse for a journalist).

    So far, Whitlock is playing the Florio role of truth teller in this trumped up and pitiful attempt to discredit Miles.

    It would be a real journalistic coup to gather all the folks who spoke on camera, ask them a couple of questions and let the general public judge who is credible and who isn’t.

  5. taintedlombardis says: Sep 11, 2013 4:18 PM

    Saban will be popped soon as well. Eventually something will leak out of North Korea….oops…I mean Tuscaloosa. The $ECheat won’t get away with it forever.

  6. benvincible says: Sep 11, 2013 4:41 PM

    I think it is grossly unfair to attack OSU…Such a fine upstanding pillar of American Academics, with a proven track record.

    Dexter Manley must have been shocked when he had someone read the SI article to him !

  7. Deb says: Sep 11, 2013 5:14 PM

    Haven’t yet read the SI articles, but a five-part series? On alleged, non-actionable improprieties by OSU’s former coaches from more than a decade ago? Seriously? This just makes no sense to me at all. Really. I don’t get it.

  8. Deb says: Sep 11, 2013 5:24 PM

    Idfontenot, you’re comparing apples and oranges. JT–like Florio–covers football news. When SI does a series on major Division I programs and coaches, it’s news and he can’t ignore it. Neither would Florio.

    The Saints situation also concerned the Commissioner’s power (and abuse of power). Separate to reporting the story, Florio also wrote editorials on those issues. This situation doesn’t involve some critical aspect of the game. It’s a magazine going after a coach and a program. John’s doing what he should do–reporting what SI says and reporting the rebuttals.

  9. Deb says: Sep 11, 2013 5:26 PM

    @taintedlombardis …

    It’s so much fun to watch you salivate over nothing.

  10. ldfontenot says: Sep 11, 2013 5:42 PM

    Well Deb, we always said Luther Davis was a snake in the grass. No one but the haters will believe this has anything todo with Saban or Bama but it won’t stop them from saying it’s connected to them somehow.

  11. taintedlombardis says: Sep 11, 2013 5:55 PM–documents–texts-reveal-impermissible-benefits-to-five-sec-players-202513237.html

  12. hotlantalaw says: Sep 11, 2013 6:59 PM

    Not surprised. Les is a leaker.

  13. trustdalust says: Sep 12, 2013 6:10 AM

    Reblogged this on Hedonistic Heuristic and commented:
    He better…..national championship aspirations

  14. dkhhuey says: Sep 12, 2013 9:25 AM

    Not sure which way to go on this story at this point in time… when SI and ESPN were hammering away at Ohio State, just about every single article was based on ‘anonymous’ sources except for 2 named players – Ray Hall (habitual problem and eventually booted from the team) and Maurice Clarett (who came clean to say he was lying). These articles seemed to be loaded with named players all talking. I don’t know the caliber of people these named sources are but there appears to be a bunch of them! This is going to get ugly I’m guess – time for the popcorn!

  15. Deb says: Sep 12, 2013 1:28 PM

    @Idfontenot …

    Yes, and taintedlombardis is a perfect example :)

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