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, 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 quirky approach, this weekly offering will cover the latest emerging storylines on the college football landscape, as well as anecdotes 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.
Episode 4: This country will not do without football
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!
Episode 3: They should have hired Les Miles
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!
Episode 2: The best A&M team I’ve seen since Johnny Manziel
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.
Episode 1: The Most Interesting Man in Baton Rouge
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 an actor.
BONUS EPISODE: How could we forget LSU?
It’s the Sunday before labor day 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!
Episode 11: The Miles Family New Years Playoff Preview Special
The wait for the College Football Playoff is finally over, and the folks at Les Is More have produced a special edition of the show just in time for the Jan. 1 semifinals! Coach is once again joined by his daughter, Smacker, and close friend and former Michigan quarterback, John Wangler. But this time, the three regulars welcome the rest of the Miles family to the podcast for a holiday party! With holiday cheer out of the way, Les, Smacker and John get down to business and take a look at the Rose Bowl and Baker Mayfield’s Oklahoma Sooners. The trio discuss what the OU offense will have to do to overcome a very talented Georgia D. They then move on to the Sugar Bowl, where Alabama will be looking to avenge its loss to Dabo Swinney and Clemson in last year’s national title game. Lastly, the whole crew takes a shot at Christmas carols while showing everybody what a Miles family Christmas is really like. Get ready for football, family and a lot of laughs as Les Is More prepares you for what should be a fantastic slate of games on New Year’s Day.
Episode 10: “I think Bowl Season is a wonderful time to be a college football player.”
Bowl Season is upon us, and Les Is More is back to tell you everything you need to know! Coach is once again joined by his daughter, Smacker, and close friend and former Michigan quarterback, John Wangler. Les begins the show by confessing his love for the Camping World Bowl (7:02) before previewing the game’s explosive matchup between Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech (7:43). Up next, Coach announces his lock of the week, which comes from the Michigan State–Washington State Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 (9:46). The crew then breaks down the matchups in two battles between the Big 10 and the Pac-12 — No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 8 USC in the Cotton Bowl (19:37), and ninth-ranked Penn State vs. 12th-ranked Washington in the Fiesta Bowl (23:07). Next up is the Orange Bowl, with Miami and its turnover chain taking on 12–1 Wisconsin. Finally, Les and his partners look ahead to the first games of 2018 and try to answer one of New Year’s Day’s biggest questions: Can UCF continue its undefeated run against powerhouse Auburn (35:52)?
Episode 9: “Championships are earned, they are not given.”
Les Is More is back and ready for one of the most exciting CFB championship weekends in a long time. Coach is again joined by his daughter, Smacker, and close friend and former Michigan quarterback, John Wangler. Les answers a flurry of fan questions, including the Internet classic about whether it’s better to to fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck (11:09). He and his cohosts then look back at Auburn’s impressive victory over Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and how the defeat will affect the Crimson Tide’s playoff chances (2:08). The trio also review Michigan’s loss to rival Ohio State — the Wolverines’ fourth straight in the series (19:14) — and discuss the outlook for the Buckeyes heading into their matchup against unbeaten Wisconsin in the Big 10 title game (33:51). Les and John also recap Miami’s loss to Pitt (24:32), and talk about how the upset could actually help the Hurricanes in the ACC Championship Game against No. 1 Clemson (31:08). And finally, Coach and the crew analyze the overall playoff picture and make a case for expanding the postseason (36:53).
Episode 8: “I’m thankful for fourth down.”
It’s Thanksgiving week for the Les Is More podcast. This week Coach Miles is once again joined by his daughter, Smacker, and close friend and former Michigan quarterback, John Wangler. The crew touches on a number of things, including what they are most thankful for in regards to football (1:37). Nobody on the show is happy with the Heisman voting process. But not to worry. Coach Miles has a solution! (26:20). Of course, Baker Mayfield is again a topic of discussion, and this time the crew wonders just what he was thinking (21:29). They also collectively wince before discussing just how big the Wolverines’ matchup on Saturday against rival Ohio State has now become (31:44). The predictions segment focuses on Rivalry Week, and the crew look forward to the Iron Bowl (40:26) and LSU vs. Texas A&M on Thanksgiving day (38:22), as well as the classic Clemson–South Carolina tilt (37:09). Les Is More is ready to be there for your holiday drive, and to make sure you’ll be to ready to talk more than turkey at the Thanksgiving dinner table!
Episode 7: “In order to win this game you must increase your level of play.”
Les Is More is back with more insight into the 2017 college football season! This week, Coach Miles is once again joined by close friend and former Michigan quarterback, John Wangler, as well as his oldest son, Manny Miles, a backup quarterback at North Carolina. The trio take a look at Auburn’s upset victory last Saturday over No. 1–ranked Georgia (2:00), as well as Miami’s dismantling of Notre Dame (18:00). In the pod’s weekly Baker Mayfield conversation, Manny, a current D-I QB, offers his two cents on the Oklahoma star (29:00). Coach then recounts a story from daughter Smacker’s childhood, about the time she won a state high school swimming championship (25:51). Later, he and his co hosts look forward to several games this weekend, including Michigan’s big matchup with undefeated Wisconsin (41:10). They also discuss how Tennessee will fare against LSU now that the Volunteers have parted ways with coach Butch Jones (51:05).
Episode 6: “This is who we are. This is what we stand for. Get on board.”
This week Coach Miles is joined once again by his daughter Smacker and close friend and former Michigan quarterback, John Wangler. Les takes a shot at answering questions from fans — including one about whether he ever considered coaching at Ohio State early in his career (20:10). He and his cohosts then look back at last Saturday’s insane Bedlam shootout between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (30:03), and touch on the surprising defeats of the Buckeyes (10:02) and Penn State (12:05), and what the losses mean for each team in the race for this season’s College Football Playoff. Les also takes a moment to remember his father, and tells a great story about how his dad got him to stand up to a neighborhood bully (2:52). Finally the gang makes their predictions for this weekend’s slate of big-time matchups, including Georgia vs. Auburn and Notre Dame vs. Miami (46:18).
Episode 5: “‘Mad Hatter’, I don’t think there’s anything mad about it”
On Episode 5 of Les Is More, Coach Miles is once again joined by his daughter Smacker, and close friend and former Michigan quarterback, John Wangler. They look back at the crazy game between Penn State and Ohio State last Saturday, and discuss how impressed they were with Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (2:24). Les then recalls the story of how he met his wife, Kathy Miles, while they were both at Michigan (14:28). Next, former Michigan and NFL offensive lineman Jon Jansen joins the show to discuss the state of the Wolverines (21:50). Finally, the gang takes a look at the upcoming weekend, one of the biggest of the season (44:55), which includes the Bedlam matchup between Oklahoma St. and Oklahoma (48:40). They also discuss LSU’s rivalry game against Alabama (50:24).
Episode 4: “Let’s improve, let’s work at it. We have a lot to play for.”
On Episode 4 of Les Is More, Coach Miles is once again joined by his daughter Smacker, and close friend and former Michigan quarterback, John Wangler — who has a few thoughts on Big Blue’s loss to Penn State last Saturday(1:50). The three discuss last weekend’s other big games, including Notre Dame’s annihilation of USC (21:14), as well as which current one-loss teams have the best shot at the College Football Playoff (25:40). Les then takes a call from LSU alum and NFL lineman Tyson Jackson (32:07). The topics they touch on include Coach’s unusual recruiting methods, and what the Tigers went through during Hurricane Katrina. Finally, Les looks toward next Saturday’s big matchups, with he, John and Smacker making their predictions for Penn State at Ohio State (48:45) and much more.
Episode 3: You don’t hold back Tigers for very long
In the third installment of Les is More, Coach Miles goes long on the 2007 national championship–winning Tigers. Joined by podcast-regulars Smacker Miles and John Wangler, Les discusses his memorable return to Tiger Stadium last weekend (3:00), and also breaks down LSU’s upset victory over No. 10 Auburn (9:10). He then answers some questions from listeners (14:00), including one about LSU’s disappointing loss in the 2012 national title game (15:54). Coach’s special guest this week is Jacob Hester (21:58), the captain of the 2007 Tigers, who reminisces about memorable moments from that season, and who also discusses the only time Coach Miles ever questioned his judgment. Finally, Les wrap things up with John and Smacker, reviewing the week that was in college football (50:55), as well as offering up a few predictions for this Saturday (58:39).
Episode 2: “Who’s Your Daddy Now?”
This week, Coach is recording at the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys, in Frisco, Texas. He is joined once again by former Michigan quarterback John Wangler and daughter Smacker Miles, a longtime college-sports aficionado. The three cover a wide range of topics, including the remarks that Cam Newton made last week to a female reporter [1:50], Baker Mayfield getting a taste of his own medicine [11:48], and LSU’s bounce-back victory over Florida in the Swamp [38:33]. Les also catches up with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey in a discussion that delves into recruiting bylaws and much more [16:26]. Finally, Coach answers a few listener questions (good work on those, by the way), and tells several personal stories from his life and career, before finishing things off with predictions for this weekend’s games [41:37]. You’ll, uh, want to stick around for those. Trust us.
Episode 1: “They Sent for Me … They Had Never Sent for Me Before.”
On the debut episode of Les Is More, Coach Miles is joined by his oldest daughter, Smacker Miles, as well as former Michigan great and longtime friend John Wangler, to discuss Baker Mayfield’s antics (2:23), LSU’s surprising home loss to Troy (14:46) and which teams are best suited this season to challenge Alabama and Clemson at the top of the rankings (33:23). The coach also answers a couple of questions from fans, including one about his experience when he was let go by LSU last season(8:26). And finally he reconnects with current Oklahoma State head coach and former colleague, Mike Gundy, who talks about everything from the spread offense to hunting rattlesnakes (20:10).
1: Introduction to Les Is More
“Les is More” launches soon!