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Miles denies rumors of BCS pregame conflict

Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:13 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

So why did Les Miles elect to keep Jarrett Lee rooted to the bench during the BCS title game as Jordan Jefferson flailed his way through the flailingest quarterback performance since, well, his performance against Georgia*? 

It made little-to-no sense, and like most things in college football that make little-to-no sense, rumors and theories have popped up in the game's wake to explain Miles's decision--most of them claiming that Miles faced a minor player revolt in support of Lee just before kickoff, and responded by throwing his own support behind Jefferson as feverishly as ever.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the BCS title game, Miles addressed those rumors, and predictably squashed them.

"Not at all," Miles said when asked if there was any truth behind the speculation. "We took the field just like we always have. There's never been any issue prior to a game. 

"There has never been a player-coach interaction before or after a game that was negative," he added.

Miles instead reiterated his postgame stance that he felt Jefferson's advantage in mobility vs. the Alabama pass rush simply made him the better choice. "We needed someone who could move his feet," Miles said.

Will that be enough to quell the rumors? It's not likely--not when, immobile feet or not, the Tiger offense was crying out for a quarterback who could get the ball downfield and loosen up the Tide front. That quarterback was Lee, especially given how lost Jefferson looked. Given Miles' history as a coach who prefers to juggle quarterbacks over sticking with one guy come hell-or-high-water-or-Alabama's-2011-defense, it's hard not to think some kind of off-field development shaded his thinking in some fashion.

But will we ever truly know for certain one way or the other? That's even less likely.

Miles also addressed several other topics Tuesday:

-- On star quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel's departure for Notre Dame after a previous commitment to LSU: ""There's a guy in the Midwest that's staying close to home. I understand that very much. This recruiting class will still be the style of class that we've had in years past."

-- On whether the ascension of projected 2012 starter Zach Mettenberger might lead to a shift in offensive philosophy:  "We'll throw the football more ... We'll have a guy who can scramble, but he'll throw the football for a greater percentage."

-- On Lee's excellent performance (13 of 18, 176 yards, 2 TDs) at a recent All-Star game: "I understand he did well, and I think that's great." 

*In retrospect, Jefferson's 5-for-13, 2.3 yards-per-attempt outing against the Bulldogs should have been treated as a much bigger red flag than it was.  

All quotes via reporter Glenn Guilbeau's LSU RapidReports. Follow them for up-to-the-minute LSU updates and analysis here.

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Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:12 am

Miles denies rumors of BCS pregame conflict


Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:15 pm

Miles denies rumors of BCS pregame conflict

Great QB > great defense.

Alabama's defense was great...but Oregon, USC, and Stanford all could have easily taken that championship against either team. That game was NOT a championship.

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:32 pm

Miles denies rumors of BCS pregame conflict

Moving on....

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:51 pm
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Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:55 am

Miles denies rumors of BCS pregame conflict

I have always viewed two teams as the biggest games of the year, Auburn and LSU. Over the last few years, the LSU games have been just as dramatic as some Iron Bowls. From John Parker Wilson taunting the fans with a Call me after a TD, to Wing holding a finger to his lips to silence fans at Bryant Denny.... All I know is it makes for some great football and some good times..... Either way, it would be a miracle for Bama to repeat, so I hope LSU can carry the flaf for the SEC and keep the streak alive.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:34 am

Miles denies rumors of BCS pregame conflict

Don't forget about Paul Diesel(3 yards and cloud of dust) back in the late 50's with the famous Chinese Bandits..Go Team and White Team..those games were broadcast over the entire South and no, I didn't go to LSU..rivalry with Ole Miss was best in the country at that time of the SEC 

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:15 am

Miles denies rumors of BCS pregame conflict

"LSU ended up with 13 wins for the first time in school history, seven of the wins came over the winners of the Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl, and Cotton Bowl, the Chick-Fil-A-Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Music City Bowl, and the BCS National Championship. Say what you will, but having followed LSU sports for as long as I have, I still say it's a great time to be a Tiger."        
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     Mr. Dandy Don

Shut up LSU haters!  there has never been a more prolific college football team during the regular season in modern history.
Hats off and congrats to Bama, but we will see them again in November.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:35 am

Miles denies rumors of BCS pregame conflict

Les Miles 2005 to Present
2 SEC Championships
1 National Championship

or we could go back to,

Jerry Stovall 22-21-2
Mike Archer 27-19-1
Curley Hallman 16-28
Gerry DiNardo 33-24-1






Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:15 pm

Miles denies rumors of BCS pregame conflict

If it came down to Saban or Les Miles,
I would choose Saban.
That's the bottom line.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:50 pm

Party all night leaves you pooped for the game.

I think LSU was hungover from the night before.

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