Former LSU head coach Les Miles joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to discuss LSU’s visit to Florida this Saturday. Miles squared off with Dan Mullen numerous times while both were coaching in the SEC West and thinks he’ll do big things in Gainesville.
“I think Mullen is a fine football coach,” Miles told 1010XL. “I think he is a guy that works hard and understands the personal that he has and he puts that personal into position that allows him to have success.
“I think his teams get better as the year goes on. I think the hire is a great hire. He knows Florida. He was an assistant coach there under Urban (Meyer) and I think he will have a great career there.”
As for Ed Orgeron, the man who replaced him?
“That’s two years in a row that he has beat Auburn,” Miles said. “That’s pretty damn good, let’s just tell it the way it is. I think Ed has done a fine job putting it together.”
Most people will tell you that The Swamp, where Saturday’s game will be played, is one of the most intimidating environments to play in all of college football. Not Les Miles.
“I never found The Swamp to be that imposing to be honest,” Miles said. “I never found that it was that loud and I kind of enjoyed my time there. We enjoyed that place. I think our guys will be very comfortable in that environment.”
There is no question that the Florida-LSU game has developed into a true rivalry over the past few years. Miles believes that’s a double-edged sword for both schools.
“I think what has happened is the LSU team turned to them and said, ‘ok, they’re a rival and we are going to play them like they want us to, like a rival.’ I think what has happened since then is we have taken a dominant lead in the series.
“I think it’s a mistake for anybody to point at LSU and call them a rival, or for that matter Florida. I was for changing the schedule (removing LSU and Florida as annual cross-division opponents), but that did not happen certainly, so we had to go ahead and just win.
“In the Western Division there is Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn, so where does Florida fit? I mean their one of the most talented teams in the East, but we have had good fortune and played them well since they wanted to be called our rival.”
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