SIDELINE PATROL: LSU, Miles out of control
Let’s start this off by saying I have never thought much of Les Miles in general. He is kind of like someone with a huge ego winning the lottery.
I have held my tongue this season after asking where the “FIRE LES?MILES” T-shirts were a year ago because my love of LSU football got the best of me, but following Saturday’s debacle in the Grove, no one should “Give more for Les.”
Miles is just not a very bright guy and I wonder how he ever became a football coach in the first place. Like I have said before, everything about him is phony from his accent, to his word usage and his Elmer Fudd hat.
Anyone that denies that LSU’s 2007 National Championship was not won with Nick Saban’s recruits is dumbfounded. Somehow, they were good enough that Miles couldn’t even screw it up despite his best efforts in losses to Kentucky and Arkansas to “back into” the SEC Championship.
There it is again. It almost sounds the same. I?have heard it come out of Miles’ mouth at least 30 times since Saturday night. “The management at the back end of the game was the issue,” I heard Miles say first. “Back End.” What south Louisianian in their right mind talks like that.
Then he goes on to say, “It’s my fault that we didn’t finish first in that game.” You can finish first in a race, a poll or a tournament but who says they finish first in a game. I think “win” could have been a better choice of words.
Miles then goes on to deny and straight up lie saying that he didn’t know who indicated the ball to be spiked after a 40-yard completion with one second remaining following not getting a timeout called and allowing 17 seconds to run off the clock when cameras clearly show him making the motion. He continues to try and play it off in later interviews but it is just too hard to not read his loud mouth yelling “clock it” from other angles.
I am tired of hearing people claim Miles is a good recruiter. There were at least three players from Louisiana making plays for the Rebels Saturday. There are others that have left from Miami to Los Angeles and even Arkansas. Saban built a fence around the state and never let that happen.?Miles’ just can’t spot talent and his personality runs others away. He overlooks great players and offers scholarships to mediocre ones.
And the only reason LSU was successful in Miles’ first three seasons at the helm was due to his coordinators Jimbo Fisher and Bo Pelini.
Now the LSU football team will serve as a billboard for Nike Saturday when they host Arkansas to close out the regular season by wearing the futuristic Pro Combat line. Why don’t they just swipe “NIKE” across their chests.
“Swoosh” is attempting to justify this disrespect to tradition, which holds such a dear place in the hearts of Tiger fans, by claiming they are throwbacks. Someone forgot to tell them that the LSU current helmet logo didn’t appear until 1977. History would have been better served with a solid gold helmet or numeral decals.
I predicted LSU would lose six games this year and they should have. The Tigers did not deserve victories at Mississippi State and Georgia where nothing more than good fortune prevailed.
LSU also just slid by Washington and Louisiana Tech, for Pete’s sake. Remember, last season’s 8-5 record is still well within reach. If last year was considered a disaster, what would you call this year. Two in a row should definitely put the “Head” coach on the hot seat.