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On national radio show, Miles talks about his firing

9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Monday, September 26 2016 Sep 26, 2016 September 26, 2016 10:33 AM September 26, 2016 in LSU Sports
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - During a call-in morning radio show televised on cable, former LSU head football coach Les Miles said football remains a part of his life and wished his successor luck.

Miles talked with national sports radio host Dan Patrick about being fired, his future and if there was anything that he could have done differently. Miles was removed as coach Sunday afternoon.

About talk of his firing being an elephant in the room, Miles argued it was all about football among his team. "In that building, it was about football," Miles said, adding he wasn't paying attention to any move to fire him over the last couple of months.

Miles said he did not fight for his job. He said he enjoyed his time as the Tigers' head coach and his family's time in Baton Rouge was too important to fight over.

"If they see that a change makes the Tigers better, than I am for them."

Miles said the decision to fire him, though, was not immediate and was not a quick reaction to the Tigers' weekend loss to Auburn.

Miles said he was given an opportunity to say goodbye to the team, and he did. Though, quickly. He said he did not stay long, but wished the team the best.

"I exited about as fast as I could," he said. He said interim head coach Ed Orgeron will "do a great job for them."

Despite the stress, the job of a head coach "is a blast," Miles said. "If you enjoy competition, I don't think this job is hard; it's a joy."

Miles said he always reviews "everything," and said he thinks he gave LSU a chance to win the game, but could have done it better. Miles discussed his own Monday morning quarterbacking, but agreed "there's ways to be better."

About his future, Miles laughed, and said he does not have many hobbies and would have a difficult time "not being involved in a game" and wants to coach, although, he is not worried about it. He will spend time with his family, he said.

"I have had a great run," Miles said.  

At lunchtime Monday, Orgeron will be introduced as the Tigers' temporary head coach. Watch the afternoon news conference on WBRZ.com and streaming live on the WBRZ Channel 2 Facebook page.

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