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Les Miles has experienced National Signing Day as LSU's head football coach, and as a young recruit being wooed by Michigan.

Last week he saw signing day from the perspectives of a member of the media and as a "very proud poppa," he said Monday on the Culotta & T-Bob show on 104.5/104.9 ESPN-FM in Baton Rouge.


Miles said he tried to bring a unique angle to his work as an analyst for signing day for ESPN.

"The thing that you want to do about a media opportunity is to enlighten and shed light on things that the public wants to see," he said. "That's kind of the key piece."

As he spoke, he recalled his own recruiting journey.

"I just want you to know, at my house, there's wasn't a lot of money hanging around to send someone off to college," he said. "My father said to me, he said, 'Hey, you're going to college. I don't know where and I don't know how. But you're going to college.' And when Michigan stepped into the living room and said, 'Listen, we'd like to offer your son a scholarship' ... it was a tremendous advantage for me in my life.

"And that is happening in college football yearly. And to be a part of it, to me it's an honor."

Making the day extra-exciting was that fact that Miles' son Ben was also being recruited, eventually signing with Nebraska.

"The interesting piece was, I was dad. I can remember, just for years, when I walked into a living room, I said listen, this dad's going to step in a make a decision, or this mom's going to step in and make a decision," he said. "And heck with it, right?

"And suddenly, it's your son," he said. "And you realize he's really earned the right. He's made great decisions his whole career. And he's grown up right. You know what? He wants to go to Nebraska, and I'm for him.

"It's a much different position than the head coach. The head coach sees his roster, and he wants to manage his team ... all this ... improvement of a team. But your son. You want him to be with good people. Yea, I was in support of the choice. I was a very proud poppa."

Miles briefly touched on his relationship with the LSU administration his last two years. He said, despite whatever was going on off the field, he focused on the game at hand, the players on the field, the coaches beside him and the fans.

He said he continues to pull for LSU in all sports, and always will. "I always have a soft spot in my heart for LSU."

As for the future: "I'm having a blast. I've enjoyed dabbling in the media. ESPN has been a lot of fun for me, to go up there and be part of signing day. There's a piece of me that certainly enjoyed being a part of media, but I'm a football coach. I think everyone knows that.

"I can't wait to get another opportunity in football."