With Les, it was always what you'd call untraditional communication. He's the master of the vague concept and the run-on sentence. But if you listen carefully, there's always meaning there.
-- Bob Thornbladh, a former teammate and Michigan assistant alongside Les Miles
Patrick Peterson insists the only thing better than seeing Miles at a podium or in front of a microphone is a chest-beating Miles leading a team meeting. "He had that walk when he'd come in, his hands in his pockets, real smooth and laid-back," Peterson recalls. "He starts out real low and then gets rowdier and rowdier and starts beating his chest. I mean, it's something else." Peterson is one of a number of former players, coaches and acquaintances to wax poetic on Miles' quirky mannerisms and notable quotables to ESPN. Peterson says Miles "was fun to play for and made it fun every day. That's why he's able to recruit the way he does. I'd go back in a heartbeat and play for him if I had it to do all over again. He just has this special way of getting the best out of guys and making them believe that they can do anything."
Sure enough, Wangler and Miles navigated their way into the news conference, and Miles piped up and asked Riley a question that rankled the Hall of Fame coach.
"It was something about rebounding or blocking out in the second half, and I'm thinking, 'Oh no, we're in trouble now,'" Wangler recalled. "All these national media guys started looking around at us like we weren't supposed to be there.
"The next thing I know, the security guys were on us and wanted to know who we were with. Les goes, 'We're with The Michigan Daily, the student newspaper.' They looked at us and said, 'You're out of here.'"
That picture really says it all about the demeanor of those two people IMO
quote:give me your # so I can invite you to all my parties.
I couldn't care less about the demeanor, one has 4 national titles, the other backed into 1. Give me the guy with 4 any day.
Give me the guy with 4 any day.