Les Miles rooted for Nebraska pretty openly in the FS1 booth with Tim Brando (C) and Spencer Tillman (R) Saturday.

Having former Oklahoma State and LSU coach Les Miles on TV is producing plenty of notable moments. Miles made headlines for wandering around ESPN’s opening-night film room set looking for a restroom while still wearing his microphone, and now that he’s calling games for Fox, he’s making headlines there too.

Miles was an analyst on FS1’s Nebraska Cornhuskers-Northern Illinois Huskies broadcast Saturday with veteran play-by-play man Tim Brando, fellow analyst Spencer Tillman, and sideline reporter Holly Sonders, and he may be a little biased, with his son Ben being a freshman Cornhuskers’ fullback. (That led to Miles previously donning a Nebraska hat on ESPNU’s signing day coverage.)  With 1:04 left in the third quarter and Nebraska trailing 14-7, Northern Illinois linebacker Kyle Pugh knocked down a pass to put the Cornhuskers in a second-and-10 situation. That led to some Miles analysis using “We” about Nebraska, and to Brando correcting him, then explaining this was Miles’ first game and he had Nebraska loyalty thanks to his son:

At 0:08, Miles says “In this time of the game, we need this drive to produce points.” Brando then says “If you’re the Nebraska team!” Miles then tried to back off a little, saying “If you’re the Nebraska team, at this point in time, if you want a tighter game, you want to see the Nebraska team score.” Brando laughed through that, then said “I want everyone to know, it’s his maiden voyage in the booth, his son plays at Nebraska, he’s doing the best he can.”

Later on, on a big Nebraska pass, Miles let out a “here we go” as Brando was calling the play (0:08):

Later still, with just over three minutes left in the game, Northern Illinois tried to pin Nebraska deep with a punt, but Miles said “get in there” as it rolled into the end zone for a touchback, causing Brando to break out in laughter again and then say “Boy, can you imagine what he’s going to be like when his son actually plays?”:

Soon after that, Tillman said “Coach, if you were arrested for being a Cornhusker fan, I think they’ve got enough evidence to convict you.”

Brando and Miles laughed at that one, with Miles saying “You’re saying right here, right now?” Brando then said “We should mention that Coach Miles’ son Ben is a redshirt freshman H-back and tight end and very happy here. And trying to make his maiden voyage, being down the middle is tough on a coach, not a conventional broadcaster for many years.”

Fox probably didn’t want Miles to so openly root for Nebraska in the booth, especially with this happening time and time again, but Brando and Tillman handled it well, giving Miles some good-natured grief and explaining why his loyalties lie the way they do. And having analysts call their kids’ games is nothing new, even if they’re usually a little more subtle about rooting for them.

Miles does deserve a little slack calling his first game, too, and it should be noted that he did have plenty of nice things to say about Northern Illinois, their players and their coaching staff as well (especially after their 21-17 win became official), so it’s not like he was ripping them up and down the field. And broadcasting curveballs are to be expected from Miles, considering his coaching career. But removing the repeated “we” uses (or just not assigning Miles to more Nebraska games) is probably desirable. At any rate, it made for another memorable broadcasting moment from Miles.

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  • Mike

    Assigning Miles to broadcast a game involving his son’s team for his first telecast was moronic. That said, Les needs to realize he needs to be more professional.

  • MrBull

    Look Miles is just unofficially lobbying for the head coaching job at Nebraska when Riley gets fired this season…

    • Jason

      Les just sounded like a meathead fan, and would be a press risk at best.

  • Lisa Paul Robicheaux

    If the talking heads in Baton Rouge won’t admit to it then I will….. Les Miles gave me more than 10 years of happiness as a die had LSU fan…. I know that this article is not about his coaching however I just want to say that I support Les in whatever he does!!!! He was/is a positive force in lots of kids lives……
    Geaux Les!!!!

  • Jason

    One of the most unprofessional jobs I’ve witnessed. They didn’t mention him CLAPPING for the Huskers in the 1st quarter. This is NOT the Big 10 network. The NIU Huskies mopped the floor with the Huskers. I love watching NIU continually beat these entitled, monstrously wealthy football programs.

    • Johnny America

      LOL yeah, come play some real schools like Bama, Clemson, FSU, etc. Until then have fun beating teams in your small little conference. FYI, my Tide would beat yall by 45. ROLL DAMN TIDE

      • Jason

        Spoken like a true bandwagon fan. Go check Google for the 2003 season when ROLL DAMN TIDE lost to NIU at home. Maybe you don’t remember because you aren’t a real fan. Johnny America lmao

        • Johnny America

          I’m cracking up I just checked and saw yall lost to Boston College this season!! Haha literally one of the worse P5 teams on the planet. I knew you guys were in a bad state but Boston College really? Come on man? Roll Tide.

          • omagiantsfan

            I think the correct term is “scoreboard”.

      • Jason
        • Johnny America

          Wait are you totally trolling? You really posted an article about a game from 2003? PRE Saban? really? We would beat you guys by 45. Literally just spoke to a Vegas oddsmaker and asked him what the line would be between NIU and Bama. He said “at least 5 touchdowns easy”. I actualy feel bad for you to be living so far in the past. ROLL DAMN TIDE.

          • J Dubs

            You can’t just say “well, Pre-Saban doesn’t count!”Saban had a clunker himself the first year.

          • Johnny America

            Jdubs I sure as hell can we are talking about 2017. We are talking about what my Tide would do if we got NIU. NIU who LOST to Boston College. We would give them the biggest beating of their lives. It would be a very humbling experience for the 10 fans of NIU. ROLL DAMN TIME

          • KLevine555

            Why would you get all high and mighty if Alabama beat Northern Illinois? Who cares! It would be surprising if they didn’t beat NIU by 30.

          • Johnny America

            Because we RUN college football. This loser from a small hick school like NIU is running his mouth bout 2003. Theres a reason people up there marry their sisters! ROLL DAMN TIDE

          • Jason

            There’s no sense in arguing with bandwagon Johnny who heard “roll tide” at buffalo wild wings on payday. NIU can’t compete with bama in financial support. But they can play #1 Ohio State at the U & come within 1 score. 2016 Johnny. But I’m sure they don’t dun taught you economics down there y’all. Stick with wings Johnny.

          • Jason

            You replied to my original comment, which is trolling. I think if you call Vegas to get odds on make believe games is the ultimate troll move. I’m shocked how interested I am in this banter. It’s oddly fulfilling arguing with ignorant yokels.

  • Ace Duncan

    Clearly unprofessional behavior by Miles, but what in the world is Fox doing having him broadcast his son’s game?
    Simple. They not only approved, but likely suggested he go overboard.