Saturday will be a "difficult" day for Les Miles, and he might spend it walking around his backyard, making phone calls and sweating, he said in an interview on ESPN GameDay on Saturday morning.
Miles, in a five-minute interview with ESPN's Tom Rinaldi, indicated that he wishes to coach again, said he'll watch LSU play Saturday night on TV and said he "understands" the decision to fire him because "they wanted more production, they wanted more wins."
"I'm ready to call plays," said Miles, fired Sunday in a meeting with athletic director Joe Alleva. "I still love the game. The job I enjoy most, certainly, until I have other experiences, would be coaching."
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Miles must at least make an attempt to search for another job, according the provisions in his buyout. The school owes him $9.6 million. Ed Orgeron replaced him as head coach.
The interview is the second Miles has given since he was fired. Miles spoke on The Dan Patrick Show for about 10 minutes earlier in the week. With Dan Patrick, Miles suggested he would attend the Florida State-North Carolina football game in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday. His son is a walk-on quarterback for the Tarheels. That's changed, though.
He'll watch LSU from his home, he indicated. LSU hosts Missouri in Tiger Stadium on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
"This Saturday will be a difficult thing for me," the Tigers former 12th-year coach said. "I may just get in the backyard, walk around, make some calls and sweat. Around 7 o'clock, I think those Tigers come on. I'll be right there."
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Rinaldi asked Miles about his legacy and how coaches should be judged. The coach fired back at him, "I don't give a damn who judges us or who judges me."
"If did the things I felt like would give us the best opportunity to victory, that reflected a grind towards making sure they're academically solvent, that they're going to class, doing the right things ... That's how I am going to judge me," Miles said.
"We put a team on the field, it should win," he said earlier during the interview. "The one thing I always enjoyed about LSU is you step in front of that (102,000), they thought you were going to beat the tar out of somebody and you thought you were going to beat the tar out of somebody. I've dealt with high expectations enjoyed them and tried to coach and surpass them."
LSU lost to Auburn last week after the Tigers could not get a play off with 1 second left on the clock. What if they had gotten the snap off and scored to win?
"I'd be getting sweaty over there with the Tigers," Miles said.
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