Paul Finebaum reacts to Les Miles' latest embarrassing loss at Kansas: 'What I can't understand is why he got the job in the first place'
Either Coastal Carolina is really good or Kansas is really bad.
If you missed it over the weekend, Coastal Carolina jumped out to a 28-0 lead on the road in the team’s season opener against Les Miles’ Kansas program, eventually winning 38-23.
Most reactions around the college football world where the same, what else did you expect from a team coached by the former LSU head coach?
Paul Finebaum was recently asked to share his reaction to that outcome during his weekly Monday morning appearance on Birmingham-based WJOX 94.5 FM radio show “The Roundtable” and if he thought Miles regrets taking the Kansas job.
The ESPN and SEC Network analyst didn’t disappoint in his response.
“I had a mutual friend of ours on, I think, Tim Brando the other day telling me what a good job Les Miles has done,” Finebaum said on the air. “I now just keep my mouth shut when somebody (that visits Kansas) and talks to Les. I saved my ‘Les Miles as a clown’ take for this show. I just don’t know how anybody can take Les Miles seriously.
“How many games, he’s played 13 games and he’s got two losses to Coastal Carolina? I mean, that’s what we saw in the last year or two at LSU. Now, it was a different level, but you know, I mean he ended up getting fired primarily because he lost to Wisconsin in an opener at Lambeau Field. That’s at least a legitimate loss but he lost because he was just so stubborn.”
Finebaum also didn’t hold back on Miles’ boss, former Arkansas AD Jeff Long, who now runs the Kansas athletic department.
“I don’t think Les Miles really regrets it, what I can’t understand is why he got the job in the first place,” Finebaum continued. “Jeff Long clearly was just going into the yellow pages of fired famous coaches with national championships.
“And secondly, I’m still trying to figure out why anybody who covers the game thinks this was going to have any result, other than what we’re seeing.”
If things don’t turn around in a hurry at Kansas, both Miles and Long could both be out in Lawrence based on the results we’ve seen in recent seasons.