KU players react to Les Miles hire

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas junior safety and Louisiana native Mike Lee doesn't have much of a relationship with new KU football coach Les Miles.

However, he said fellow Jayhawk defensive back and Louisiana native Corione Harris does. So what did Harris tell Lee about the former LSU head coach?

"All he told me was that he eats grass," Lee said. "And I was like, wow."

Miles won't be able to do that in Lawrence with the turf at David Booth Memorial Stadium. But other Jayhawk players expressed belief in him carrying the program forward and have noticed the buzz his arrival has created.

"It's huge," linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. said. "Obviously, he's a really popular and famous coach. I think it's a huge hire and I think the talent and community is really excited about it."

"He's a great guy, a great coach," defensive tackle Daniel Wise said. "I'm sure he's obviously wanting to win a lot of games here and just continue the breakthrough."

Seniors like Wise and Dineen will not be around to see that happen. But if Dineen had the chance to sit down and give Miles advice on how the program needs to grow, he said he'd tell the new Jayhawk coach to be consistent and patient.

"Put your stuff in and stick to it, don't change," Dineen said. "Get as many people familiar with the way you're going to do things and stick to that. I think the sky's the limit for some of the talent we have here right now."

With that in mind, he doesn't believe Kansas is far away from taking a meaningful step.

"I don't think our program is far away from being a really, really good Big 12 football team," Dineen said. "I think we've got a ton of talent, a ton of younger talent, guys that want to be good."