Today, during an SEC coaches teleconference, Les Miles responded to allegations in a Sports Illustrated report accusing him of academic improprieties during his time as head coach at Oklahoma State University. The report even went as far to suggest that he personally encouraged players to disregard academics, as if academics were not more important than football.
It didn’t take long, as he opened with remembering the attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001, then immediately plunged into the topic that caused a media craze he now finds himself directly in the center of.
He issued a statement denying the allegations in the report saying, “The idea that someone would characterize the program that was run there as anything but right and correct… did we work hard? You bet ya. Did we make tough decisions about starting line-ups? You bet ya. But every guy was encouraged to get his degree, stay the course and flight.”
Miles also stated, “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 (to) 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.”