Sep 7, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles and the Tigers wait to take the field prior to kickoff against the UAB Blazers at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated UAB 56-17. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
After part two of a Sports Illustrated report accusing Oklahoma State University of academic improprieties was released to the public this morning, the main man in the hot-seat is none other than former OSU coach, and current LSU coach Les Miles.
The report alleges that Miles supposedly would tell his team “Academics first” while holding up two fingers, then say “Football second” while holding up one finger. It’s not like Les Miles is the first coach to ever do this, previous coaches have done it in the past. “Of the one-finger, two-finger gesture,” Miles said, it happened just once in “a moment of humor.” Miles also stated, “I always said, and I always meant, that academics was the most important thing.”
Terry Henley, who has been an academic adviser for football since the year 2000, denied that he scheduled players in less difficult classes and helped them to majors, however, he did claim that academics were never a top priority for Les Miles. In the report, Henley stated, “There was never pressure (to cheat), but Miles was like most coaches who want to be somewhere else. They’re going to do what they need to do for two or three years, and they’re not going to have to deal with whatever the fall out is. So, no, he didn’t promote academics.”
It is no secret that Miles did not intend to stay at Oklahoma State, as he was looking to go to Michigan, and ultimately went to LSU. If the allegations are true, what could this mean for Miles and LSU?