Miles questions Kiel's 'ability to lead a program'

LSU head coach Les Miles discussed his Class of 2012 on Wednesday, and he didn't mince words when it came to the nation's top dropback passer, Gunner Kiel, who decommitted from the Tigers to attend Notre Dame last month.

Les Miles ICONLes Miles is excited about his Class of 2012, even without Gunner Kiel.

At the Tiger Gridiron Club's annual National Signing Day "Bayou Bash" in Baton Rouge, Miles questioned Kiel's ability to lead a program and maintained that LSU is in a better position by getting a commitment from 6-3, 270-pound dual-threat signal-caller Jeremy Liggins (Lafayette; Oxford, Mississippi).

"There was a gentleman from Indiana that thought about coming to the Bayou state," Miles said in video footage posted on the website of The Daily Reveille, the student newspaper at LSU. "He did not necessarily have the chest and the ability to lead a program, so you know," he added to applause.

Certainly, Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly would disagree.

With Kiel in South Bend, it was essential that Miles land Liggins, who announced his college destination at a restaurant in Oxford, spurning Mississippi and Mississippi State. The Mad Hatter said LSU would have continued to pursue Liggins even if Kiel came to Baton Rouge.

"Liggins stood up in the middle of Mississippi and said, 'I'm going to a place where we can win a national championship,' and I like that man's style," he said at the Bayou Bash.

"I recommended he not stand up in the square at Oxford and tell everybody he was going (to LSU)," Miles said, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "He said, 'I enjoy these people. These people are my home. I want to make my announcement there.' I felt that was a big-chested, straightforward way to conduct business. He became a better prospect to me the way he handled his business."

No matter who the Tigers have under center in the coming years, fans of the Bayou Bengals certainly hope the QB delivers more efficient play than what they saw in the BCS national championship game loss to Alabama in January.

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