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Friday, October 22, 2010

Lucky Les just keeps laughing like the devil all the way to the bank of W's

AUBURN, Ala. - He followed Satan as LSU's coach and will never really beat him. So why not join him?

According to ESPN's Pat Forde, Miles must have made a deal with the devil. A few days after LSU's devilish, 16-14 win over Tennessee three weeks ago, Forde wrote under the headline, "Got a devil's haircut under The Hat," that Lucifer is why Miles wins so much and makes so much money despite his "unique flair for coaching lunacy in pressure situations." It's all because he tunes "his headset frequency to 666."

Forde ended up being prophetic as two weeks after he wrote that, LSU landed at No. 6 in the USA Today and Harris polls that are part of the formula for the Bowl Championship Series standings, where LSU ended up - you guessed it - No. 6. That's 6-6-6.

Miles continues to rise from the flames of that "win" over Tennessee. After a week as a national coaching embarrassment, his bold fake field goal call beat and embarrassed Florida genius/coach Urban Meyer, who should have seen it coming. Miles tipped his hand so much by calling a timeout before the fake that he may as well have tipped his cap to Meyer and yelled across The Swamp, "URBAN, Watch the fake!" That win made him 6-0.

Now he's a Lucky 7-0 and playing in the nation's premier game at 2:30 p.m. today on CBS here against 7-0 and nearly as lucky Auburn, which is No. 4 in the BCS. ESPN's College GameDay is at Mizzou for the first time in history for No. 4 Oklahoma (6-0) and No. 16 Missouri (6-0) only because that network has to make sure it's not at an SEC stop every week.

Few give Miles a chance. Auburn, which has not played as difficult a schedule as LSU, is a touchdown favorite. But if Miles visited Victoryland dog track near Auburn this morning, would you bet against him?

Yes, Auburn has Cam Newton at quarterback, but all he's got is skill, size, savvy and a Heisman waiting for him. LSU has Lucky Les. Even student journalists are hot on the trail. Miles had to deal with a question from the Auburn Plainsman student paper on the SEC teleconference week that labeled him lucky. Miles shrugged it off as usual.

"Yeah, I prefer to be lucky," he said. "I think that's met with some earnest preparation and some hard work. I kind of enjoy that. I hope that that continues."

Later that night on his own radio show, the least respected national championship coach in college football history dealt with the following exchange:

RADIO SHOW HOST JIM HAWTHORNE: From the Baton Rouge area, a call from Gary. Gary, thanks for calling, you're on the air live with coach Les Miles.
GARY: Hey, Les, how you doing?
MILES: Doing well Gary.
GARY: Well, just wanted to let you know that I took the naked pictures Jordan Jefferson has of you and you're free to ... (Phone was cut off before the caller said "play Jarrett Lee all the time at quarterback," or something like that.)
MILES: Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.
HAWTHORNE (not amused): And that's really funny.
MILES (still very much amused): Ahh, that was kind of humorous.
HAWTHORNE (aggravated): That's really funny. All right uh, we'll take a break right now. And come back with more.

You really have to admire Les Miles. Virtually nothing gets to him, certainly not a radio caller who - like many of us - cannot think of another reason why Miles continues to play Jefferson instead of Lee, who has been much better lately, all the time.

His players love him, and he loves his players. They are very talented. They usually play hard for him. And when the plays and players get in on time, they usually play smart for him. And sometimes even when the plays and players don't get in on time, they still play smart for him. Check the Tennessee game. It's all added up to a 58-15 record and a $3.8 million salary with a buyout in double-figure millions next year and the year after if he gets fired.

Miles may not know how to keep time on a football field, but the economics graduate from Michigan can obviously count. No wonder he's laughing.

Here are five things to look for in today's LSU-Auburn game other than Jefferson's picture collection:

1.Jarrett Lee will start at quarterback for LSU. Auburn's secondary is so weak and Lee has been so hot, that this is the perfect Saturday for it. And Miles admitted that if he did decide to start Lee, he would not say so publicly.

2.Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will read and react while running in a basketball-style motion offense. Then he will pass, pitch or keep. It's amazing. "You can read the defensive end while going at a downhill motion or a lateral motion," he said. "If he shoots upfield, then that's a simple keep. If he doesn't and you feel like he can't grab or tackle the running back, you hand it off. If you see someone open, you throw it."

3.Lead changes. There were six in LSU's win over Florida. There were five in Auburn's win over Arkansas.

4.Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, one of the best in the SEC, versus LSU right guard T-Bob Hebert.

5.LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis, the best in the SEC, versus Auburn right guard Byron Isom.


Blogger a.r.harris said...

Does anybody have a clue why Miles keeps playing Jefferson and Lee? The two backups can't be much worse.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't waste a nice afternoon watching this game. LSU is not a top 10 team, and a bottom 10 offense does not beat a legitimate top 10 team.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy...That was a very,very,good column, about Les Miles and the LSU football team...I feel better, knowing, that other people know, what is really going on at LSU.
Thanks for showing us the column.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LSU is second best, to Auburn now,can Les Miles keep LSU football team winning, or losing...Les Miles acts more like a cheerleader, then a coach.
In-stead of a win streak,LSU might go on a losing streak.

2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When your luck runs out...Nothing but, fire!!!
All the time!!!
If Les Miles knock on your door..."Run".

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alabama,Ole Miss,Arkansas,can put Les Miles into bankruptcy,if he can not get his LSU football team, to block,and tackle better..The LSU offense, is a true think of mistake..
Slow to work,or stumble to walk,and run,or catch...How does Les Miles get them to play like that?
And how did Les Miles recruit him self, into two QB, who cant play QB?
How does Les Mile, keep coach LSU?

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Dog, going to be Crowton for Halloween...The Witch down the street, is going to beat him straight.Because my dog,don't knot how to date.
We will send him up to Les Miles,and he can have the real Crowton, pet him,to clear up his problem to.
You know, how to send in plays!!

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LSU is #-12 in the BCS,if Les Miles loses again..LSU will fall out of the top 20.
No offense,is like a movie star, with now sex appeal..it does not work..Les Miles, does not work.

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mostly every one, is fast to say, that Les Miles is a great recruiter.
The LSU lineman,lost the Auburn game...When push,came to shove,the LSU lineman, were second best.
Les Miles recruited the lineman on both sides of that game..Auburn, had the best lineman..Not even looking at the QB.
Les Miles is not a great recruiter..Show us the beef?
Show us the Money!!

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strike-1...Miles was lucky to get away from North Carolina,with a W...And I do not need, to remind everyone about Tennessee.
But we, the LSU fans now know the truth...So Alabama just might be strike-2...Then you can take your pick, between Ole Miss,Arkansas,for strike-3..If Les Miles swings, and misses,this time around..The rest of the country, will see,what the LSU fans have been seeing for a long time now..Les Miles can't coach!!

12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know now, that Les Miles is not good enough.That the LSU football team, is not good enough.
That this knowledge, is a very bitter pill, to swallow.
Six years, wasted on a guy,who was just playing us for a sucker..A fool.
It is not a laughing matter,only the people running LSU, can do something about it.
So, I'm going about my business to.LSU will not beat Alabama.

3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you get the feeling, that the rest of the SEC,and country, are trying to forget about,the Les Miles LSU tiger football team..I know, I do..The football fans, know the truth of Les Miles,there is no secret about him any longer..He not good enough..They have a "want" to go look at other college football team.

3:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe,the stars will (Aline up right) this year. and a LSU Louisiana Money man, will save LSU from this bad deal, with Les Miles?
That is LSU only hope!!

7:19 AM  

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