Miles takes another shot at Kiel

Fri Apr 6, 2012 6:05pm
By the National Football Post

After questioning Gunner Kiel's ability to lead a program at a National Signing Day event in February, LSU head coach Les Miles again took a shot at the Notre Dame quarterback.

In an interview with Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, Miles continued to maintain that the top dropback signal-caller in the Class of 2012 lacks the confidence and swagger it takes to be a winning quarterback.

Les MilesICONLes Miles continues to comment on Gunner Kiel choosing to go to Notre Dame.

"I'm not bitter. I'm glad he stayed there," Miles said when discussing Kiel's decision to stay in-state and commit to Brian Kelly and the Irish. "I really mean it. Here's the truth: If you don't have some swagger to you and you can step into this stadium and be able to know the advantage that you're playing with the Tigers and you're leading the program that has some real weight and clout, then you really need to stay home with your brothers.

"I don't mean that [negatively]. I'm for him. He gets a chance to come in here and compete and start on a team that is a great team. I really meant what I said. I was talking more about the confidence and swagger. I was not demeaning. If he shows up, it means he has all those things…I mean it honestly, if it's more about family for him, if it's more being close to home…he would have never been successful as he needed to be. I mean it very respectfully.

"The guy we got now [Zach Mettenberger], he's a confident son of a buck. He's a throwin', tough kid. If he continues to develop and learn and grow as a leader, no question."

In his only meeting with reporters this spring, Kiel said that he holds no animosity towards the LSU head coach and said he would merely use those comments as motivation.

I wonder how Kiel feels now after Miles directed more words at the freshman.

Of course, recruits flip all of the time, and Notre Dame certainly experienced that firsthand in February when receiver Deontay Greenberry decided to go to Houston. Comments like Miles' don't help the recruiting process and how fans feel about it, especially because Kiel unquestionably went back and forth on his decision.

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