Asked about his own social media policy, Les Miles joked that 20 years ago there were no Twitter or Facebook policies. “I bet 20 years ago no one was doing the Harlem Shake,” the coach said to laughs.
“I can’t tell you the number of wonderful men I have on my team. Quality, quality guys, good students… who when they get behind the social media cloak, they get to speak in a totally different way.
‘It’s like, where did you get this? How did you think that this was even appropriate?’”
He then drew more laughs while shooting down the argument that coaches should just ban Twitter (which happens to be an argument we support and that more coaches are following):
“Before they had cars, can you imagine: ‘I’m not allowing any of my players to drive cars. Why? Well, I like the ol’ buggy. It’s safer. As long as you keep the horse pointed in the right direction you’re OK.’
We’ve got computers now. You get to carry ‘em in your pocket and if you hit the right buttons you get to talk to people. For us not to admit that that’s America and that’s what we’re doing… now let’s do it right. It’s not easy, it really isn’t… We’re trying to educate, not necessarily making it yes or no.
Now, if I find a guy that becomes a repeated issue, he represents our brand at LSU. He’ll those that responsibility or the opportunity to be in that team room real quick.”
Is there any doubt that Miles would be the choice in a “Which SEC coach would you like to have a beer with” poll?