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The Players’ Tribune: Les Is More

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.

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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 a actor.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

28mins

3 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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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. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

32mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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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! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

35mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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The Mike Leach Effect

Les Is More returns with a jam-packed show that has everything you need to know about the 2018 college football season. Les, Smacker and John begin with a discussion of how Ohio State’s upset loss to Purdue affects the outlook for the rest of the Big Ten. After that, John recounts what happened in East Lansing, when the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State became about much more than just the game itself. In response, Les gives his opinion on how a coach should handle things when his players get out of hand. The trio also talks about LSU’s impressive victory in the rain over Mississippi State, Clemson’s clear path to the College Football Playoff after the Tigers’ demolition of NC State, and how Coach nailed his prediction that Washington State would beat Oregon. Speaking of the Cougars, Les brings the entertaining Mike Leach on the program to talk about how he’s changed the culture in Pullman. The two coaches then go in-depth on their philosophies for different aspects of the college game. Later, Les and the crew preview the action ahead in Week 9, when Clemson visits struggling Florida State, Mississippi State hosts Texas A&M and Iowa looks to topple Penn State. Les, Smacker and John also peek ahead to the game of the week in the SEC — the annual showdown in Jacksonville between Florida and Georgia.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

51mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Special Teams Samurai

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!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

2 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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And just like that, LSU is back in the conversation

It was a week of upsets in college football. Four teams in the Top 10 went down in defeat, which led to major changes in the Top 25. Les Is More is back to review all the big upsets, as well as to discuss the greatest disappointments from around the country after seven weeks of football action. To begin, Coach takes a closer look at the benches-clearing brawl between Florida and Vanderbilt, and explains how Coach Bo Schembechler would probably have handled such a scenario. Les and John move on to recap a few of last Saturday’s games, including LSU’s epic takedown of Georgia, West Virginia’s hiccup against Iowa state, Washington’s near miss in Oregon, and Michigan State’s shocking victory in Happy Valley over Penn State. They also dive deep on Michigan’s dismantling of Wisconsin, and discuss where Big Blue stands in its quest to reach the College Football Playoff. Next, the duo preview the action in Week 8, giving their predictions for LSU’s chances for continued success,  and how Washington State will fare when the Cougars host Oregon. Les and John also look forward to the Michigan–Michigan State game, as well as to the ACC battle between Clemson and NC State. Tune in for the podcast that tells you everything you need to know about college football! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

41mins

17 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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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! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

41mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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Jim Brown, Joe Namath and Brady Quinn?

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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

42mins

10 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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BONUS: How could we forget LSU?

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!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

5mins

3 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

31mins

31 Dec 2017

Rank #10