Despite swirling rumors about his firing, LSU coach Les Miles was reluctant to address them during Monday’s meeting with the media.
Miles was asked if he had tried to be a part of the discussion for his potential firing, but he said he did not want to put himself ahead of the team.
“I don’t want to go there,” Miles said. “I would not be doing my job as the head coach at LSU, one that I’ve enjoyed doing and a group of young men that I enjoy representing.”
What is clear is that if Miles and LSU separate, it won’t be a mutual parting.
“No, I’m not considering retirement,” the coach said.
Miles has been the subject of coaching rumors many times before. He referenced an instance from 2007 when ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had pegged Miles for the Michigan head coaching vacancy. Miles said all he can do is go to work and try to get a victory Saturday.
“There was a tremendously reputable national sportscaster who was the source of the information that was completely erroneous … nine years ago,” Miles said. “So I’m going to go on to work. I think the question’s valid … At some point in time there’s a ‘me’ in this, not while I’m coaching.”
Another important aspect surrounding the situation is recruiting. Miles has assembled the top recruiting class for 2016, according to 247Sports.com. Miles said he hasn’t considered the impact these rumors could have on the recruiting trail.
“I have not really thought about that (recruiting),” Miles said. “I know this, we made plans to tactically recruit our board, and I’ve not really given thought to that, to be honest. I don’t think that’s necessary to be honest. We go forward and obviously I’m the coach, or if something else happens, then obviously I’m not the coach.”
Miles may get fired, but until that point comes, he said he will not allow himself to be distracted from preparing for LSU’s regular-season finale against Texas A&M.
“I’m not going to find myself watching TV or reading papers or doing anything but preparing the game plan, looking at the advantages that we can have and see if we can exploit them to victory,” Miles said.
The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger reported that LSU is not expected to make an announcement until next weekend.