Les Miles Still Talking About Gunner Kiel's Decision

You have to hand it to Les Miles, he is a reporter's dream. The LSU head man will talk about any subject. And recently, he was again willing to discuss Gunner Kiel's decision to spurn LSU for Notre Dame in the 11th hour with CBS' Dennis Dodd:

"I'm not bitter. I'm glad he stayed there. I really mean it. Here's the truth: If you don't have some swagger to you and you can step into this stadium and be able to know the advantage that you're playing with the Tigers and you're leading the program that has some real weight and clout, then you really need to stay home with your brothers.

"I don't mean that [negatively]. I'm for him. He gets a chance to come in here and compete and start on a team that is a great team. I really meant what I said. I was talking more about the confidence and swagger. I was not demeaning. If he shows up, it means he has all those things ...

"I mean it honestly, if it's more about family for him, if it's more being close to home ... he would have never been successful as he needed to be. I mean it very respectfully ...

"The guy we got now [Zach Mettenberger], he's a confident son of a buck. He's a throwin', tough kid. If he continues to develop and learn and grow as a leader, no question."

Is this sour grapes? Perhaps. But there's also the chance that Miles continued to learn more information about Kiel's character and he is truly happy not to have ended up with a kid who he believes will be a five-star bust.

For more on Tigers football, visit LSU blog And The Valley Shook, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

For more on Irish football, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down, plus SB Nation Indiana.

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