The Players’ Tribune: Les Is More
Summary: During a coaching career spanning more than three decades, Les Miles has established himself as one of the most fascinating figures in all of sports. Regarded almost as much for his press conferences antics as his on the field accomplishments, Les’ reputation precedes itself. The Les Is More Podcast will quickly become a must-listen for anybody who loves college football. Combining a first-hand insider perspective with a distinctively personal and quirky approach, this weekly offering will cover the latest storylines on the college football landscape, as well as anecdotes and intimate experiences shared by Coach Miles, his family and the various figures he’s befriended throughout the years. For those in the know, this podcast isn't merely a part of the conversation surrounding college football — it is the conversation.
The final week of the regular season begins as Les, John and Smacker celebrate new beginnings, sitting down to discuss Les' future as University of Kansas head coach. The trio indulge in the spirit of the holiday sharing the things they are grateful for while Les shares his plans for the future of Kansas football and takes time out to answer fan questions. Later, Les & Smacker share their thoughts on the past week spent in Lawrence as well as the heartwarming reception they received from the the Kansas community. Lastly, the trio bid goodbye to their faithful fans... for now.
Les Is More is back, with Les, Smacker and John here to prepare you for the final few weeks of the regular season. They begin by explaining why this year’s Heisman Trophy is almost certainly Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s to lose. The three then give their opinions on what the Crimson Tide must do in order to be considered Bama’s greatest team ever. They move on to a recap of LSU’s takedown or Arkansas, Notre Dame’s domination of Florida State, and Oklahoma’s last-second defeat of Oklahoma State in Bedlam. Les and the crew then look forward to the College Football Playoff, debating which team is the most likely to be knocked out of the top four, and Les trying his best to convince Smacker and John that the Fighting Irish won’t make the playoff. After that, they move on to making predictions for next week. They first debate whether UCF can continue the nation’s longest winning streak when it takes on Cincinnati, and then move on to analyzing Syracuse’s visit to South Bend, before finishing by explaining why West Virginia will have no problem with Oklahoma state. Finally, they look at the matchup between Iowa State and Texas — touching on the behind-the-scenes issues plaguing coach Tom Herman’s first season in Austin — and discuss why a Cyclones upset this weekend would be far from shocking. As the season winds down, Les Is More continues to heat up!
What could be better than two legendary coaches talking shop about all things college football? This week Les Is More brings you a bonus episode featuring Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards. Known for much more than just his “you play to win the game” rant, Edwards, a coach who has succeeded at every level of the game, drops some serious football knowledge. He and Les touch on topics ranging from how coaching in the NFL compares to college to why bowl games shouldn’t be devalued because of the playoff system to how Edwards has been able to get Arizona State on track in just his first year at the helm. Herm also speaks about the developmental system he installed for the younger players on his team and why he chose to run practices in the morning rather than the afternoon. Les also brings up Herm’s successful NFL career as a player and the two share a laugh about Herm’s role in the creation of the “Victory Formation.” A conversation between two old friends, who also happen to be hall of fame football experts, is the perfect midweek listen to bridge the gap to gameday.
Smacker, John and Les try to make sense of LSU’s flop against Bama and then pause to ponder whether there’s anyone who will get in Alabama’s way.
This week’s edition of Les Is More is a fired-up episode devoted to everything happening in college football. First up: It’s Alabama week in Baton Rouge, and Les, John and Smacker argue passionately about the biggest matchup of the week. The three focus on the key position groups for both teams, as well as on what LSU will have to do to stop the Crimson Tide. They then shift their focus back to the chaos of last Saturday, when 11 teams in the Top 25 went down. They review Mississippi State’s defeat of Texas A&M, Texas’s blunder against Oklahoma State, and Georgia’s cruise-control victory over rival Florida. Predictions are up next, with Les and John looking forward to the important matchup in Ann Arbor between Penn State and Michigan, and the implications that the game has for the Big Ten. Jumping back to the SEC, they also analyze Georgia’s visit to Kentucky. Finally, John and Les vehemently disagree about the upcoming game between Notre Dame and Northwestern. Passion, energy and college football have always gone together, and this week’s episode has a little bit of everything!
Les brings the entertaining Mike Leach on the program to talk about how he’s changed the culture in Pullman.
A week of upsets, brawls and a runaway win with our favorite Tiger team.
There was another shake-up in the Top 25 last week, and Les Is More is here to make sense of it all. To begin, Smacker relishes Texas’s wild win over Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown. Les then analyzes LSU’s loss to Florida, and talks about paying off his bet on the game with former Gators coach Steve Spurrier. Les, Smacker and John discuss the implications of Auburn losing to Mississippi State, before reviewing the touchdown that John’s son, Jared Wangler, scored for Michigan in the Wolverines’ beatdown of Maryland. Les also tells a story about how he once received false intel on an opponent before a game, and goes over how coaches should deal with getting “secret” information. A story he tells about his favorite player when he was a kid leads to John telling a story about the time he was supposed to go out in Las Vegas with Joe Namath. The crew then looks forward to Week 6, when LSU will face its biggest test yet, against No. 2 Georgia. Other games include Washington visiting Oregon for a game with huge implications in the Pac-12, and Wisconsin traveling to Ann Arbor, where the Badgers will take on Michigan in the Big House.
Les Is More is back for Week 5 as conference play heats up and the college football season continues to take shape. Les and John look back on Michigan’s furious rally to beat Northwestern, Notre Dame’s dismantling of Stanford and LSU’s victory over Ole Miss — and where the Tigers now stand among the top teams in the country. They also talk in-depth about Penn State’s decision to run the ball instead of throwing it on fourth-and-five in their devastating loss to Ohio State. Former Michigan QB Rich Hewlett joins the discussion to debate the Clemson quarterback situation. Next, Les tells the story of the greatest recruiting meal he’s ever had, and also discusses why he hasn’t yet returned to the sidelines to coach. Finally, the crew looks forward to another exciting weekend, beginning with the Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas, and including a trio of SEC matchups — undefeated Kentucky vs. Texas A&M, LSU vs. Florida in the Swamp, and Mississippi State vs. Auburn. Get ready for another great Saturday!
Last weekend was full of upsets and close games, making this a great week to listen to Les Is More. Join Les and John as they analyze a shaky Top 25, discussing Old Dominion’s shocking upset of Virginia Tech, Oklahoma’s scare against Army and Kentucky’s upset of Mississippi State — a victory that kept the Wildcats undefeated. Les’s son, Ben, substitutes for Smacker this week, and the Texas A&M fullback recounts his experiences from games this season against both Clemson and Alabama. Les and John are also joined by former Michigan guard and Super Bowl champion Kurt Becker, who offers his opinion on the importance of football and why the game will survive the critics who want to shut it down. Lastly, Les and John make their picks for the massive Big Ten matchup between Ohio State and Penn State. They’ll also predict what’s going to happen when Stanford travels to South Bend to play Notre Dame. And can BYU take down another ranked opponent on the road when the Cougars travel to Washington? And what will happen when LSU plays host to Ole Miss? Find out all the answers in Episode 4!
It was a wild Week 3 in college football — Saturday was full of tight games and big upsets, and Les Is More is back to talk about them all. Join Les, Smacker and John as they rehash Coach’s formidable powers of prognostication. He went 4 for 4 for the weekend, correctly predicting big wins by LSU and Texas. The gang also tries to explain why favored Wisconsin lost at home to BYU. Next on the docket is the Jalen Hurts situation at Alabama, and whether Les would play the junior quarterback or sit him. Coach then shares a story about the time a ref apologized to him for a missed call, and then gives his take on some of the bad calls from the last two weeks. Finally, the four look forward to another exciting weekend schedule, which includes Stanford at Oregon, TCU at Texas, and Arizona St. at Washington. With a record of 7–1 as a forecaster so far this season, Les is the college football guru. So make sure to tune in to hear what he has to say!
This week finds Les, Smacker and John in great sprits as the first week of the NFL season kicks off. The group discusses players they are looking forward to watching and Les shares his thoughts on being chosen to enter into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. The conversation heats up as the topic of wether or not the NCAA should pay college players is debated. This week's game recaps include Clemson at Texas A&M, Georgia at South Carolina, Penn State at Penn, Nebraska at Colorado and more.
College Football is back and so is your opportunity to join Les, Smacker and John for Season 2 of Les is More. This week the trio recaps the most exciting games from opening weekend including Notre Dame vs. Michigan, Alabama vs. Louisville, Texas vs. Maryland and Penn State vs. Appalachian State. The group also shares their predictions for week 2 while Les keeps it interesante as he recounts stories from his latest summer pursuits as a actor.
It's Sunday and we just finished recording our first episode -- BEFORE the LSU Tigers face off against the Miami Hurricanes to cap off the first week of this college football season. As as you might have guessed, there is NO way that we are going to let this week go by without sharing a few thoughts on that game. Episode one is coming soon but in the meantime, Smacker and Les get right to the point. Enjoy!
College Football has returned bringing with it a new season of Les is More! Les, Smacker and John are back this season to recap the biggest games, share stories and engage fans in a style all their own.