Comparing UGA’s Richt, LSU’s Miles

Mark Richt has shown a lot of respect for LSU coach Les Miles this week.

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LSU head coach Les Miles walks off the field after warm-ups before an NCAA college football game against Kent State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

Miles is a successful coach who runs a powerful program with the Tigers. A lot of the coaches’ good qualities overlap. One that doesn’t, however, is their recruiting wheel-houses.

“It’s unique to me — and I’ve not coached there, so I don’t know — but it if there’s a really good player in the state of Louisiana, it seems like it’s just a done deal that the guy is going to LSU,” Richt said. “We have a situation where we have so many guys. There’s just not enough room, and there’s fierce competition for it.”

Richt and Miles both take pride in making the most out of their signees, though. 

“He recruits well, he motivates well, and it seems like he’s a guy that the players really respond to well,” Richt said. 

A major indication of a good head coach is keeping a job, obviously. Both Richt and Miles have been successful at that, and it has a big impact on each of their programs. 

“I think just to be a head coach for 13 years and to be able to last as long as he has at his school and me at my school in this league, you’ve certainly had enough success to keep it going,” Richt said. 

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