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Les Miles explains his bizarre clapping technique

Miles explained the evolution of his distinctive manner of clapping, which often involves his being hunched over as he smacks his palms together with his fingers spread wide. As it turns out, it is all about preventing injury. "You can’t be soft-handed; it has to be an aggressive clap," he said before a demonstration. "You keep your fingers out so that you don’t get them caught in between, you know what I’m saying? If you get them in between here" — he gestured to the area between his fingers — "it can be an ineffective clap and you can get hurt. Injuries can occur if you don’t keep your fingers spread."

From an illuminating New York Times sitdown, we learn Les Miles has a method to his ridiculous clapping style, his favorite rappers, and how very little alcohol he claims to have drank during his time in Baton Rouge, despite spending time in Baton Rouge.
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