LSU coach Les Miles will not plead to keep his job.
The Mad Hatter addressed his job status and his preparation for Texas A&M during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. And despite a flurry of reports and rumors that have emerged this week, he doesn’t want to enter that discussion.
“I’m not going to look to defend, or make a case (for my job),” Miles said. “That’s really not what I’m going (to) do. I love the place, I work hard. I’m not going to get into what is my view. I’m fortunate to be the head coach here. I’ve always felt that way.”
Miles has accomplished plenty during his 11 seasons with LSU. But he said discussing those achievements with the people who will determine his future would not be in his nature. Miles said he will stick to prepping for the Aggies.
“I honestly… I’m the kind of guy that is easy to read,” Miles said. “It’s hard for me to divide myself to go talk about what I’ve done and all those things. Honestly, that’s not me. I’m working on game plan and I like that. That is preparation without distraction and that’s how I’ve always done it.”
Miles confirmed that he had not spoken with LSU’s athletic director Joe Alleva — the man who has the most power in the decision — since last weekend. But he added that their conversation was “business as usual.”
Miles said he did not think his players were distracted by the outside noise this week, either.
“I think there’s a group of men here and my staff that are responsible for putting together a real good game plan,” Miles said. “I think that’s exactly what they’re doing. The kids’ practice was focused and prepared. I don’t think it’s perfect in any way having a perimeter the way it is. I think our guys relaxed and they’re going to have success. We’re doing work as usual.”
LSU will be missing a key component of the offense on Saturday. Junior wideout Travin Dural will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a torn right hamstring, Miles confirmed. But he didn’t seem too worried about replacing his second-leading receiver.
“He will not be playing in the game, obviously,” Miles said. “It’s probably going to take three months to recover… We’ll have plenty of guys. We’ll fill his position very capably.”