Former LSU coach Les Miles wasted no time congratulating his former school on their national title win Monday.
Within minutes of the game ending, Miles, the last coach to lead the Tigers to a title, congratulated everyone at LSU for their achievement.
Congratulations to the players, coaches, staff and fans of LSU on winning the National Championship!
— Les Miles (@CoachLesMiles) January 14, 2020
This is a classy gesture from Miles, who is now the head coach at Kansas. That’s especially true when you remember that when Miles was fired, it was Ed Orgeron who took over, initially on an interim basis.
Miles went 114-34 in just over 11 seasons at the helm at LSU. It would be easy for him to be a little bit bitter about how things have gone in the three-plus years since his departure, but Orgeron would probably be quick to pay tribute to Miles and the foundation that was built in Baton Rouge.
Les Miles has put together his first huge win as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, and he only needed a few weeks to accomplish it.
Miles’ Jayhawks beat Boston College on the road Friday night 48-24. The victory marked Kansas’ first road win over a Power 5 opponent since 2008, snapping a 48-game losing streak.
The first-year Kansas head coach reflected on the accomplishment following the win.
“Coming back to college coaching was for moments just like this,” Miles said in his postgame interview with ESPN. “The opportunity to take a player that’s maybe not the best player now but then develop him and give him technique and win games like this … these assistant coaches and the group of people that I’m fortunate to represent … just wonderful.”
— Josh Lemoine (@LsuFBallTruth) September 14, 2019
People laughed at Miles when he went into acting after failing to get serious looks for several coaching jobs following his firing by LSU. The 65-year-old is showing that he and his methods are not too outdated to win in college football.
Miles’ Jayhawks are now 2-1 and still have a long road ahead with a tough Big 12 schedule upcoming.
Mike Gundy and Les Miles posted tributes on Twitter Wednesday to the late T. Boone Pickens following the news of the billionaire’s death.
Pickens was an energy executive and entrepreneur, making his money initially in the oil and gas fields. He attended Oklahoma State for college and later became the school’s biggest donor, often being heavily involved in the Cowboys’ football program.
Gundy has been the Cowboys’ football coach since 2005 and shared this Twitter tribute to Pickens, who died at age 91:
Mr. Pickens is a big part of our success and we’re all thankful for the lasting impact he’s had on Oklahoma State. It would have been difficult for us to climb as high as we have without him. He’ll be missed, but his legacy here will live on for a long time to come. pic.twitter.com/1jYVwBcHo0
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) September 11, 2019
Les Miles, who coached Oklahoma State prior to Gundy, also shared a tribute.
Boone Pickens was a man who impacted the lives of so many people in a profound way, including me. He was a friend and his gentle spirit, kindness, and generosity will never be forgotten. Rest easy, Boone. pic.twitter.com/JPv9XrH2ul
— Les Miles (@CoachLesMiles) September 11, 2019
Gundy had some ups-and-downs in his relationship with Pickens due to the status of the football program, but the two were aligned on one thing: they always wanted to win.
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Les Miles made an appearance at Kansas’ basketball game on Saturday, and he did what he does best there.
Miles had a square of grass in front of him and pulled some blades to eat just as he did so many times on the football field at LSU:
Les Miles came out at halftime and ate some grass to the crowd's delight.
Then he gave a kid free Yeezys.
This has been your #KUfball Les Miles update.
— Benton Smith (@BentonASmith) December 1, 2018
Jayhawks mascot present Les Miles with some turf to sample pic.twitter.com/CeoQLN03UM
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 2, 2018
Miles also spoke to the crowd at Phog Allen Fieldhouse during halftime of KU’s game against Stanford and fired them up about the football program. He tweeted how much he enjoyed it.
— Les Miles (@CoachLesMiles) December 2, 2018
At least Miles did not have a total brainfreeze this time.
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Les Miles was introduced as the new head football coach of the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday, and his press conference included an odd moment.
He was talking about what kind of involvement the team would have in the community and appeared to have a brainfreeze. He went nearly 20 seconds in between finishing his thought as his mind went blank.
wait for it pic.twitter.com/WpMZkWYAJa
— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) November 19, 2018
What happened during that moment? Your guess is as good as ours, but that’s not a good sign. Kansas better hope Miles isn’t drawing blanks like that mid-game next season.
Kansas signed Miles to a five-year deal. Here are the full details on his contract.
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The Kansas Jayhawks officially announced Les Miles as their new football coach Sunday, a big-name hire for a school that desperately needed it. It turns out he’ll be making a decent amount of money, too.
According to the official news release, Miles signed a five-year contract with the Jayhawks. That deal will pay him $2,775,000 annually, meaning he’ll make just shy of $14 million total, not counting a pair of retention bonuses.
Miles was making upwards of $4 million a year when he was fired by the LSU Tigers in 2016, so he’s taking a slight pay cut here, though that was to be expected.
Miles was always the frontrunner for this job, and it seems safe to say he’s a big believer in the project. The Jayhawks look to have landed him at a fairly reasonable cost, too.
There may be something to the Les Miles to Kansas rumors.
The Kansas Jayhawks fired David Beaty after the team lost on Saturday to fall to 3-6 on the season. They are looking for their fourth head coach since firing Mark Mangino after the 2009 season and would like to hire someone who can get them more than three wins in a year, which they haven’t done this decade.
The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported on Tuesday that Miles is the “frontrunner” for the job. On Thursday, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd said that Miles and Kansas had spoken.
The Les Miles and Kansas camps have spoken.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 8, 2018
The Kansas City Star’s Jesse Newell tracked the private plane of Kansas AD Jeff Long, which made stops in Phoenix and Dallas. He wondered whether the stop in Phoenix was to talk with former Arizona State head coach Todd Graham and whether the Dallas stop was for North Texas coach Seth Littrell.
Long is said to be seeking a veteran coach with experience. Miles, who turns 65 soon, has plenty of experience from his time at Oklahoma State and LSU.