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#pounditMonday, March 8, 2021

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Les Miles placed on leave by Kansas and could eventually be fired

Les Miles

Les Miles’ future at Kansas is in serious question.

Miles on Friday was placed on administrative leave by Kansas. The school will be investigating the allegations Miles faced while at LSU.

Yahoo’s Pete Thamel says this is the first step towards Kansas likely firing Miles for cause. Being fired for cause would mean Kansas would be able to get out of paying Miles the remainder of money on his existing contract.

USA Today reported on Thursday that Miles was investigated by LSU in 2013 over accusations of improper conduct with some female students.

Miles was warned that he would lose his job if he continued to have contact with female students. The warning came after Miles was accused of inappropriately texting female students, inviting them to his condo alone, and kissing a student on one occasion.

The investigation found that Miles did not have sexual relations with any of the students, but LSU determined that the behavior was inappropriate.

Some other allegations centered around the qualities for looks Miles sought among women working with the football program. We have more details on the report here.

LSU’s former athletic director recommending firing Miles in 2013 and believed public opinion would be in their favor.

Miles kept his job with LSU until a 2-2 start in the 2016 season, when he was fired. Miles spent a few years away from coaching but was eventually hired by Kansas. He went 3-9 in his first season and 0-9 last season.

Video: Deion Sanders was so fired up after Jackson State clinched huge win

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders’ coaching career is off to an incredible start, and Coach Prime is clearly loving every second of it.

On Saturday, Sanders took his Jackson State team to Grambling State, one of the traditional SWAC powers. The Tigers had not lost a home game since 2015, but Sanders’ Jackson State team shocked them with a 33-28 win. The victory was punctuated by a goal line stand that saw them force a fumble at their own 2-yard line to stop Grambling State from scoring a go-ahead touchdown.

Coach Prime was pumped, to say the least.

The win moves Jackson State to 2-0 on the spring season, and they suddenly look like a legitimately solid football game. Sanders is clearly doing good work and bringing visibility that they didn’t have before. Hopefully there’s no postgame drama like there was last weekend.

Ricky Williams offers surprising comment on Nick Saban as NFL coach

Nick Saban

Nick Saban is arguably the greatest college football coach ever. If someone wants to criticize him — and you know there are people who love to — you really have to go back to his time in the NFL to find some ammo.

Saban coached the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 2006. His team went 9-7 in 2005 and then 6-10 in 2006, which is the only losing record he has ever had as a head coach.

Critics say Saban failed in the NFL and that his style didn’t work in the pros. But one person feels differently.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams, who played for Saban’s 2005 Dolphins, says he loved playing for the coach.

Williams was a guest on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” show and was asked what Saban was like.

“I played with him one year before I got suspended, and I loved playing for Coach Saban,” Williams said. “I loved it because you knew what the standard was. If you met the standard, you were good. If you didn’t, he was going to be on you.”

Williams then said Saban had a gimmick called the “Tiger Board” that some thought was college crap, but Williams liked it.

“He had this thing called the ‘Tiger Board.’ At first, we thought, ‘what is this college bulls–t?’ It was a board right when you walked into the team meeting room. Basically it (represented): did you play hard? So it became this thing when you walked in on Monday, and you just wanted to make sure that you were on the Tiger Board,” Williams said.

“My experience with Nick Saban is I love him and I would play for him any day. Because he set the standard and he was all about show up, get better, make plays.”

Williams rushed for 743 yards and six touchdowns in 2005 under Saban. The team finished the season on a six-game winning streak and had a winning record. Saban and the Dolphins definitely weren’t a bust that season.

In 2005, Williams had just returned from missing the previous season due to a retirement. He ended up missing the following season due to a league suspension. But his memories of Saban as an NFL coach were positive.

I have often felt that those who jeer Saban over his time with the Dolphins were wrong. The 2005 season was evidence to me that Saban would have figured out a way to win in Miami. He just realized that he could dominate more in college. And Alabama gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

It doesn’t happen very often anymore, but there was a time when all the stories about Saban and the Dolphins painted the coach in an overwhelmingly negative light.

In case you were wondering, the positive feelings between Williams and Saban are mutual. Several years ago, Saban even offered Williams a job on his Alabama coaching staff.