(WIBW) -- It only took a couple of hours for the sports world to ignite with the news of Les Miles' hire as the next University of Kansas head football coach.
University of Kansas new football coach Les Miles makes a statement during a news conference in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
From students to longtime KU football fans, the response was largely positive.
"After seeing all his records and all his stats from when he coached at LSU, I feel like it will only take one season for him to make this program great," said Travis Cheung, a sophomore at KU. "I feel like he will bring a new atmosphere to Kansas football."
"We've been plagued with a bunch of bad coaches recently and now we got Les Miles," said Andrew Orr, a junior at KU. "He's a championship-winning coach with a really good record. I would love to buy a ticket and go to games now--see what Les Miles can do."
"We needed a coach that both understands the players and understands the x's and o's, and actually has a proven record of that," said Ian Appling, a longtime KU fan. "I believe that that's what Coach Miles is."
From Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to Alabama head coach Nick Saban, many more across the national college football stage took notice of Kansas' newest Jayhawk, as well.
"On the football field, Les Miles is a proven winner who knows how to teach the game and produce results," said Jones. "He also has the unique qualities necessary to lead young men and make a difference in their lives. I believe, however, that Les' greatest asset is his integrity and the very high level of character that he exudes naturally. Some people talk about sincerity and doing things the right way. Les Miles defines that standard on a daily basis."
"Les Miles is one of the most respected colleagues in terms of the competition, rivalry and the great teams we faced," said Saban. "I have tremendous amount of respect for Les Miles and what he was able to accomplish at LSU and the great competitive teams he had for a long, long time."
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, a former assistant for the Cowboys under Miles, said he has a lot of respect for KU's new head coach.
"All he has done is won a bunch of football games on the road, and at home, and kept them highly ranked," Gundy said. "He's had six or eight Top-10 recruiting classes, so what he has done is pretty good."
And somewhere on the College Game Day set, ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit heard the news.
"You can win at Kansas; it's been proven in the past. Most people know Les Miles from LSU, but don't forget his time in Stillwater. He's been in that conference, he understands that conference. This is a big hire. He can recruit with his personality."
Perhaps Miles' highest praise came from Herbstreit's co-host Lee Corso:
"College football is better for Les Miles being in it."