The LSU coach, during his trek around ESPN’s studios Monday, said the Tigers “would’ve loved” to have Miller. He also said that Jennings will return to the team after what’s expected to be a “positive” end to his arrest.
Miles, in speaking with a group of ESPN.com reporters, admitted that LSU was interested in Miller transferring in. The Ohio State quarterback decided to remain with the Buckeyes and compete for the starting job with a host of others. He missed last season with a shoulder injury.
Miles said LSU did not speak with Notre Dame QB Everett Golson about his potential of transferring.
Jennings and sophomore Brandon Harris are in a hot competition for the starting QB job for a second straight off-season. Jennings isexpected to return from suspension soon, according to Miles’comments last week at SEC media days. He and three others were arrested last month on unauthorized entry into a dwelling.
Miles said Monday on ESPN’s “College Football Live” that Jennings’ arrest will have a “positive” end.
“We anticipate there will be a very positive outcome there with Anthony Jennings, and we expect there to be competition (at QB),” he said.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore hasn’t announced whether he’ll charge Jennings or the other players arrested. He said Monday through text message that there was no news on the case and that he’s “not sure” when news will come.
LSU ranked as one of the worst passing teams in the nation last year with, for much of the time, Jennings running the offense. Harris struggled, as well, in his one start in 2014 as the Tigers finished 8-5.
Miles didn’t argue with ESPN TV personality Stephen A. Smith when Smith asked if he was wrong to say that LSU’s QB spot was “relatively problematic.”
Said Miles: “No not at all.”
The coach, in a meeting with local reporters at media days Thursday, agreed that his QB position may be the difference in the Tigers competing for a championship this season.
Miles on Monday also touched on his relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban in his appearance on ESPN’s “First Take.” He was asked if he considers him and Saban “friends.”
“I would not say friends but I would not say enemies,” he said.
Miles said he gets along with Saban “very well” and called him a “very quality coach.”