Three questions with new Georgia State football coach Trent Miles:
Q: You have stressed the goal for the players to win on the field and off. Who taught you how to do that?
A: Well, my dad. But I was with Tyrone Willingham for eight years. The man is an unbelievable person as far as just…we are in this to help young men. We are in this to make a difference in lives. He taught me that, as well as Marvin Lewis. I was with Marvin Lewis at the University of New Mexico. He’s one of my dear friends. He keeps me going in this profession. He sent his son to play for me.
I’m a sponge. I learn from everybody. Pat Hill is an excellent football coach. I take from what Pat did at Fresno State. It’s a little bit intrinsic. You learn from everybody you’ve been around. You take a little bit here and now and go.
Q: How much did you know about Georgia State football before this process started?
A: I knew that coach Curry started it. I’m a football freak so I know a little bit about everybody, all the teams and everything that’s going on. I did my research on them. When they first came out, I thought, ‘Maybe we can get them on the schedule.’ But, it’s an up and coming program. It’s in the greatest part of the United States to live in. It’s in a hotbed of football. Everybody loves football here and there’s great recruits.
I’ve recruited down here. I recruited down here for Notre Dame. I was the recruiter here for Stanford. I recruited Darius Walker. I know what it’s like to have Florida, Georgia, parts of Alabama and South Carolina and be able to recruit. The guys I bring in will be really good recruiters in the area.
Q: This sounds like a really easy decision for you, but was it tough to leave home in Terre Haute?
A: When you take the emotion out of it … My mom is there alone. My dad passed away a few years ago. My brother is there with his family. My sister is there with her family. I was born and raised there so I have a lot of friends there.
But after I sat down with Cheryl (Levick) and President Becker and listened to their vision, it was a no-brainer. You are going to the Sun Belt, which is an up and coming conference. It’s got four teams in bowl games. You are in the greatest recruiting area in America. You are in a great city and it’s a great university. You can take this and take off with it. We’ve got big plans.