Les Miles no fan of coaching carousel but says it's 'necessity of our sport'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 18, 2012
Leave it to Les Miles to explain the coaching change season unlike anybody else.
"I have really not been a guy that has ever really wanted to be involved in that," Miles said Monday during a Chick-fil-A Bowl news conference. "I like where I am at. I enjoy my job, I enjoy the men I have been able to recruit, but it's a necessity of our sport."
Miles' name was one of the first discussed during this coaching carousel season as several reports linked him to the Arkansas job that eventually went to Bret Bielema.
"Some guys they don't want you, some guys, they want you. That requires a supply and demand," Miles said. "We need a coach, we need to go find one. I certainly understand that. For me, my family, I am very comfortable where I am at, and I think most coaches are."
Miles wishes more coaches would be content where they are, he said.
"If they have a place where they are going to work with you, they believe you are a quality coach, then why move? What's going on? I think there is some craziness in that whole deal, but I also think that supply and demand, it's a necessity of the business," he said.
That was just one of the subjects Miles touched on Monday. He also made another argument for an early signing period.
"I have 22 or more guys on my board already committed. At that point in time, to save the school's money, to save the wear and tear on the assistant coach, to allow the student athlete to go to school and not be bothered by a number of people that traipse into the school, I say give them a signing date in November," he said. "If you're committed at that point, you're committed for a reason. Let's give them the opportunity to sign. They sign, it's over. The active recruiting is gone. They can focus on the remainder of their school year. The naysayers of the early signing date say, well then you have to allow earlier official visits. I say don't change the recruiting calendar. If a guy has come onto your campus unofficially and has chosen your school, that's plenty."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com