LES, THE NICE MEN IN THE WHITE COATS WANT TO SEE YOU
Les Miles is crazy.
Not odd. Not a bit strange.
He's literally, legally, undeniably nuts.
Need proof? Not long after his emotional tirade against Nick Saban, Miles has gone off again, this time by blasting the schedule strength of the Pac-10 and ... wait for it ... the Big XII, a league that once included a head coach named Les Miles. (HT: EDSBS)
I don't care if it was against the other team, it was still a crappy call.
"I can tell you that I would like nothing better than to play USC for the title," Miles said in a speech that radio station WWL made available on its Web site. ...
"I can tell you this, that they have a much easier road to travel," Miles said of the Trojans. "They're going to play real knockdown drag-outs with UCLA and Washington, Cal-Berkley, Stanford -- some real juggernauts -- and they're going to end up, it would be my guess, in some position so if they win a game or two, that they'll end up in the title (game). I would like that path for us." ...
Speaking later in the week with reporters in Baton Rouge, Miles continued the theme.
"The Big 12 is a conference that might have two really pretty good teams, maybe four," said Miles, who coached in the Big 12 while at Oklahoma State. "I think the Pac-10 may have one or two really good ones. The ACC certainly, arguably, has some quality teams."
Most of the attention has been drawn by the comments about the Pac-10, given as they were in the context of a projected NC game between Southern California and LSU. But C&F would say the most aggrieved party is the ACC, which Miles says "certainly, arguably, has some quality teams."
Perhaps the problem is that no one really disagrees with that statement about the ACC -- which Miles won't even confirm has "some quality teams" -- while there are others who are perhaps a touch hypersensitive about any perceived slight of their conference's strength.
There are probably few SEC fans who would disagree with Miles' take on their conference's strength. (Must ... hold to ... rule ... against ... conference ... wars ...) But for a coach to say it -- particularly in the context of playing a team that you have a decent chance at playing -- can only be described as nuts. Whacked. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.
And, um, Coach Miles might want to wait for a year when he doesn't play Tulane, Middle Tennessee State and Louisiana Tech all the same year to start taking pot-shots at people's strength of schedule.
C&F never thought he'd see someone challenging Spurrier for the title "Mouth of the South," but Les Miles might even need a new name by the time this is over.
Krakatoa of the South, anyone?
Told you not to ask him about Russell leaving early.