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LSU Football: Les Miles Needs to Forget About Notre Dame QB Gunner Kiel

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Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJune 19, 2012

Les Miles is known as the "Mad Hatter," but this offseason, he has been known for his big mouth rather than his choice of head covering.

Miles was in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday for his annual "car wash," in which he appears on virtually every platform that ESPN offers.

While appearing on The Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio, Miles was asked about Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel, who was at one time committed to LSU. Miles responded with subtle jab at Kiel, according to Scott Rabalais of the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate:

Miles on Kiel: To step into our stadium ... takes a different breed of cat. I wish Gunner all the best and I mean that very honestly. #LSU

— Scott Rabalais (@ScottRabalais) June 19, 2012

(Click here for the podcast. The quote is at the 15:00 mark)

This comes after Miles slammed Kiel at the Tiger Gridiron Club's Bayou Bash on national signing day this past February.

Memo to Les Miles: Don't talk about Gunner Kiel anymore. More specifically, don't criticize him either directly or indirectly.

Kiel is a good quarterback, and I'm sure that Miles was disappointed when the Indiana-native decided to sign elsewhere.

But enough is enough.

Coaches don't stop recruiting players that commit to other schools, so it's incredibly hypocritical for coaches to criticize players that commit and then sign elsewhere. 

Kiel may be even more of a sensitive subject right now considering that Jeremy Liggins—the only quarterback LSU signed in the 2012 class—recently signed with a junior college and is awaiting an ACT score in order to qualify, according to the Biloxi-Gulfport (Miss.) Sun-Herald.

Miles may hold some sort of grudge towards Kiel, but he needs to get over it. It's just bad form to keep criticizing him.

 

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