Les Miles one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football? Brandon Harris thinks so
Former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris sure does have a high opinion of his former head coach Les Miles.
Harris joined 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge Friday to discuss topics ranging from his decision to become a graduate transfer, LSU’s struggles to produce an effective quarterback in recent years, the firing of his former Parkway High School coach David Feaster, and of course his former college head coach.
Here’s what Harris had to say about Miles.
“Les Miles will go down, I think, as one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football,” Harris said on the air. “With his ability to lead a group of young men and so on.”
For all the criticism Harris may draw from such a bold statement, it should be noted that Miles was one of the SEC’s best coaches during arguably its most competitive era. His overall record at LSU of 114-34, 62-28 in SEC play, should not be looked down upon just because his teams started to fall behind Alabama during the end of his tenure.
Of course, the main reason Miles started to slip is because of Nick Saban. Miles accomplished a 3-7 record against his predecessor at LSU, and ultimately that proved to be his undoing — with his 21-point shutout loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game being the most noteworthy loss to Saban.
If Miles is an all-time great coach, that has to rank Saban among the greatest coaches in college football history, if not the best, given his lofty record against the former LSU coach.
Harris was also asked to give his opinion on the million dollar question in Baton Rouge, why have so many quarterbacks struggled to perform for the Tigers?
“I don’t think it was the teaching,” Harris answered. “I think the problem would probably lie around style. You may have a dual-threat, and you want him doing pro-style things, or whatever within the scheme.
“I’m hoping that changes. I thought I could change the trend.”
Harris threw his support behind LSU’s new offensive coordinator Matt Canada to get the job done. If he’s able to accomplish it, Harris may have wished he stuck around to witness it first hand.