Les Miles defends his Oklahoma State record: 'Attend class and do the right things'

Chris Graythen

The former Cowboys head coach from 2001-04 defended his record in Stillwater when speaking with the media on Wednesday.

Les Miles defended himself while speaking on the SEC media conference call on Wednesday, according to USA Today, taking offense to the Sports Illustrated report that alleges he was in charge of a rogue program during his time at Oklahoma State from 2001-04.

"And the idea that somebody would characterize the program that was run there as anything but right and correct," Miles said. "Did we work hard? You betcha. Did we make tough decisions about starting lineups? You betcha. But every guy was encouraged to get his degree, to stay the course and to fight. And I can tell you that people (former players) that were commenting on the state of the program weren't there long enough to figure it out. And that they heard me tell them, 'Attend class and do the right things,' and heard me routinely. So, I'm going to withhold a further comment. I can tell you that staff, families and friends and anybody that sat in our meeting rooms knew that this thing was done right. I will hold further comment because frankly I want to get a team ready to play against a very quality Kent State, and that's my push. I like my practice. I like my team."

Miles also denied any wrongdoing on Saturday night after LSU's 56-17 win over UAB, but at that point, it's unlikely he had read anything or knew any specifics.

In Part 1 of the SI report by George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans, Miles is accused of running a program where boosters had easy and unfettered access to players, and where players were getting paid in plain sight in the locker room. The second part of the report focused on academic improprieties, and it paints Miles as a man who fostered an atmosphere around the team in which football was more important than academics.

More from SB Nation:

Solving Johnny Manziel: Chris "Smart Football" Brown on Bama-A&M

Five-part SI investigation into Oklahoma State football coming out

Spencer Hall recaps Week 2, and Mack Brown needs a home

Look closely: Jadeveon Clowney is doing just fine

Would coaches rather replace Mack Brown or Lane Kiffin?

Today’s college football news headlines

The 36 best photos from college football's Week 2

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.