Birmingham, AL — Les Miles never disappoints in bringing the thunder in any press conference. He’s full of incredible one-liners, and today Miles went on an epic Shakespearean rant about the future of SEC scheduling.
What he delivered in the main ballroom was typical Les Miles, but he brought the house down in the radio media room.
In case you have a short-term memory, Miles doesn’t like permanent cross divisional rivalries. He’s tired of Alabama and others in the West having a distinct scheduling advantage, and he’s tired of getting shafted every year.
In 2013, Miles faces a nasty schedule, squaring off against Florida, the permanent opponent, and draws Georgia, the rotating opponent, and he’s not happy about it…in the name of fairness.
“If you were running your conference, the first thing you have to do is pick a champion. Certainly, if you can’t play all of the teams in one year, then you would have to rotate through so that everybody in the conference then would play. The decisions would fall in an annual rotation that would allow fairness. To me, if it was my conference, that would be as falling off a log.
“You have traditions at play. You have self-serving folks. It’s a responsibility of the conference that’s above my pay grade. I can talk, but let me tell you what I’m going to do, I’m looking forward to playing a great schedule and I got a great team.”
Why does scheduling continue to be a hot topic?
“Listen to me, it’s only ever going to be a hot topic if you guys think it’s a hot topic. You guys think I’m going to push this? Let me tell you something, I’m going to football so fast that it’s going to make your head spin. I could give a whip. I can’t wait to play the next team. It’s TCU. I am going to turn my eyes very comfortable to that.
“Hopefully there will be some people in here that have strength and stand up in the crowd and say this isn’t right! Let’s do this the right way. That’s going to be your job, not mine.”
Of course Miles offered no solutions during his rant, and told us, the media, it’s not his job to do so. He contends it’s the fine folks in the SEC offices, along with the media, to do so.