LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day.
It appears that LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette will get his third straight start in Saturday’s game against Ole Miss, Les Miles suggested Wednesday night.
“I think you’ll look forward to seeing Leonard as the starter,” the coach said on his radio show.
Fournette started against Florida (and ran for 140 yards) and started against Kentucky (and ran for 40 yards). Miles said coaches have been looking to run Fournette often early in games, but that they choose the hot hand – LSU uses four different backs – as the game progresses.
- Miles again (see in post-practice) touched on the Katy Perry-corn dog fiasco: “She has a difficult time smelling. I’ve been around here a long time … no corn dogs.”
- A caller asked Miles if he’d “shake” the cage of Mike VI, LSU’s live bengal tiger, as to convince him to come out for the game against Ole Miss. Mike VI hasn’t emerged from his cage and onto a mobile unit for any of LSU’s first five home games. It’s tradition for Mike to be paraded around the field before each home game in his mobile cage. Said Miles: “I certainly have a way with him. He and I have connected several times.”
- Miles sounds, somewhat, tired of being told how many rushing yards Tennessee had against Ole Miss last week (zero). His response to a caller that again brought it up: “We’re not Tennessee, first of all.”
- Miles suggested that this hit on Kendell Beckwith – which LSU sent to the SEC to review – would not or was not ruled targeting by the league. “We thought it was definitely a chargeable issue. I think there’s certain criteria this met and certain it didn’t,” the coach said.
- Hugh Freeze, the Ole Miss coach, said at SEC media days this past summer that his daughter’s favorite coach was Les Miles. Miles son the Freezes: “Seems to be like a wonderful family unit.”
- Miles retracted earlier comments made Monday telling fans to bring food into Tiger Stadium. “I guess you can’t bring food in. I didn’t know that.”
LSU coach Les Miles would like to see Shaquille O’Neal be the guest picker on ESPN College GameDay, and he’s never smelled corn dogs in Tiger Stadium.
We’ll explain all of this.
Miles, in his post-practice press conference, was asked who he’d suggest as a guest picker for GameDay. He responded with Shaq, the former LSU and NBA star. A team spokesman confirmed after the press conference that Shaq will not be the guest picker because he has a previous engagement scheduled.
“I’d pick Shaq in every way, in one on one and picking,” he said, referring to a basketball one-on-one contest.
As for the corn dogs: remember this? Miles was asked about that stunt from Katy Perry:
“She likes corn dogs?”
[More explanation is given to Miles]
“Oh no she didn’t.”
[More explanation, specifically about the smell of corn dogs in and around Tiger Stadium]
“I guess there’s thing to talk about that are important and things that are not. I’d have to say people would make observations about how other people smell based on the fact that their nose doesn’t work well. If that’s the issue ….
“I want you to know one thing. I have gone into Tiger Stadium and never smelled corn dogs.”
- The NCAA found allegations surrounding the Oklahoma State football program while Les Miles was coach “fundamentally unfounded.” In a series last fall, Sports Illustrated reported multiple allegations of wrongdoings during Miles’ tenure at the school (2001-04). Miles was asked about it Wednesday. “It was never any part of my experience at Oklahoma State,” Miles said. “Glad it’s ended the way it has.”
- Miles said LSU players have more “pep in their step” and “spirit” at practice this week and Wednesday.
Anthony Jennings has more understanding for the quarterback position after his benching in the game at Auburn, coach Les Miles said.
Miles was asked about Jennings being benched at Auburn, a 41-7 loss in which true freshman Brandon Harris started.
“Benched is not necessarily the word,” Miles said. “More or less, the evolution of the position, if you will. I think him understanding competition and understanding what all needed to be done at the quarterback spot certainly is improved. Not only his abilities but Brandon Harris as well.”
- LSU players have been reminded this week of last season’s 27-24 loss in Oxford. “The most recent past is something we’ve reviewed. I’m certain our guys recognize that game.”
- Ole Miss is a team that’s good in all three phases of the game, Miles said. He called the Rebels “very talented” and said they have a good concept on defense and physicality.
- The win at Florida has seemed to spark this LSU team. Said Miles about that: “I think our football team was ready to go to The Swamp and win. I think there’s some maturity here that provides some quality leadership in some of those young guys. They understood what was expected. That’s an example of how we can play. Kentucky then is an example of how we can play at all.”