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Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2011 2:54 pm
A promo banner across the top of LSU's website Friday could have passed as a taunt considering the current state of the program.

Who's Next?

At the moment -- and check back frequently for updates -- LSU goes into its mega-match with Oregon in eight days diminished and disgraced. Once again, updating from two seconds ago, LSU ...

--is currently under NCAA investigation because of its dealings with Will Lyles.

--will be missing its fastest player and best big-play threat Russell Shepard against Oregon due to suspension.

--has no idea whether starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and backup linebacker Josh Johns will ever play again. Both were suspended indefinitely Friday within an hour of warrants being issued for their arrest. The two were expected to be charged with second-degree felony assault stemming from the infamous Shady's bar fight.

--in the middle of all this, awarded coach Les Miles with a contract extension on Friday. Before the outrage boils up, be advised this just happened to be a serendipitous convergence of events. School officials were already scheduled to meet Friday to rubber stamp the deal.

Get your heads up, Tiger Nation. This is what passes for closure. This is what many of you wanted. Your team went 11-2 last year and you blamed Jefferson. At best, he was the most experienced quarterback on the roster. At worst, he had become a huge distraction. Law enforcement decided the issue. 

Who's next? Senior Jarrett Lee. He's not a difference maker. Don't worry, it's not like LSU has been churning out top draft choices at the position, but fans being fans they're always looking toward the next best thing. Some of the more uncaring had tagged Lee "Pick Six." Can't imagine why. This is the same guy who in an eight-game stretch in 2008 threw 10 interceptions. Five of them were returned for touchdowns. That includes a four-pick performance in an overtime loss to Alabama.

Lee is now perceived as somewhat of a savior. First, because he's the only guy on the roster with any notable experience. Second, he's not Jordan Jefferson. It's easier now to remember Lee's heroics last season against Alabama (key third-down pass) and Florida (game-clinching touchdown pass to Terrence Tolliver).

Closure might not be the right word. LSU might actually be better without Jefferson. But that's not the point either. Whether LSU beats Oregon or wins the SEC probably wasn't going to hinge on the quarterback. The Tigers have won national championships with a former minor league catcher (Matt Mauck) and with a savvy guy who shows up nowhere among the school's top 10 career passers (Matt Flynn).

Lee is serviceable, which is all LSU needs right now. There isn't that much of a drop off between him and Jefferson. The difference is Lee is committed having lost 30 pounds and, well, eligible to play. Transfer Zach Mettenberger is the guy on the come but still third-string.

As mentioned, it's not like the program has been producing top NFL quarterbacks lately. But it has been winning -- big.

Miles didn't earn that extension because of his grass-eating ability. He won 62 games in six seasons in the toughest conference in the country. His name continues to pop up for big-time jobs, especially at Michigan. LSU has won under Miles (and Nick Saban before him) with two time-worn SEC strategies -- running the ball and playing defense.

And talk about clock management, Les is a changed man. Barely 30 minutes passed before Miles suspended the two players after word came down about the arrest warrants. 

So in a strange way it is a more stable LSU program heading into the season opener. We know for certain that Jordan Jefferson is an accused felon right now. That doesn't mean he's responsible for what is reported to be the battery of a bar patron. It doesn't mean he's guilty or will serve jail time.

It means that we know his situation going forward. LSU and Les can move on. The coach knows he has been betrayed. Miles went to wall in defending his inconsistent senior. It looks like Jefferson has repaid him with a slap in the face.

It's not like Oregon has its Ducks in a row heading to Arlington. The program has had its own unfortunate dealings with Lyles. Defensive back Cliff Harris is suspended himself having successfully proven it's possible to get a rental car up to 118 mph on I-5 while driving with a suspended license.

Who's next? Maybe a lawyer and an NCAA investigator at the 50 for the coin toss.


Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2011 11:56 am

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

This is another cheaters' bowl. If you SEC and Pac 12 fans want to call Ohio State-Miami a cheaters' bowl, then you'd better prepare yourself for this one having the same name. But don't expect Dennis Dodd or anyone at CBS or ESPN to have to guts to call for suspensions for Jefferson and the second-string LB. OSU is the easy target CBS and ESPN hate the most. They're in bed with the SEC, so there won't be any howls for Jefferson to get kicked off the team for good. Pryor and his teammates got a few discount tats. Nothing criminal like Jefferson did. Knowing Michigan Man Les Miles, Jefferson will get a one-game suspension against a creampuff on the LSU schedule. 

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: August 27, 2011 8:21 am

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

I'm pretty sure this is a "where there's smoke their is fire" scenario.  You don't have a a bunch of football players hanging out at a place called Shady's, after they are supposed to be in bed, and then expect good results.  Also warrants would not have been issued without probable cause.  Which means there was sufficient evidence to suspect these two gentlemen.  And the fact that warrants were issued despite the entire SEC and NCAA doing everything in their power to influence a different result makes me think that there may be something to these claims.

If there is smoke, then there is fire?  Hmmmmmm, like last years sugar bowl team?  OSU got off scot-free. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:41 am

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

So in a strange way it is a more stable LSU program heading into the season opener
ba ha ha hah a ha...Dudd you're a complete moron.  LSU has been totally shaken to the core and you say all is well! Nodody in Baton Rouge or anywhere else in America is buying what you're selling.

It's not like Oregon has its Ducks in a row heading to Arlington
Harris has been out of this game since June.  No suprise there.  You should really not write articles after you've been drinking dbag.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:40 am

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

LOL, 49 pairs of shoes, a bar beat down, this guy is a walking cliche, stereotype, you've done well my son, Daddy should be proud. Why do we not hear about his spectacular GPA at LSU?

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:54 am

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

That whole Lyles thing is a media-trumped-up hyperbole. LSU did nothing wrong to pay an recruiting scout for scouting information. Going by what Oregon has released, LSU, Oregon and Cal got hosed by Lyles. But they all dropped him. Big deal. LSU had the right to pay for information, no matter how flawed if they believed they would get it.

For Jefferson this might be the turning point in a tragic career stopper. It is sad that a kid with talent may have chosen to boot it all away (sorry, could not resist.) For the sake of the victims I hope justice is true and complete. Only Jefferson and a jury can decide if he did commit the crimes.

The Oregon game will still be a stellar test of two great teams. Just as LSU has adequate backup quarterbacks so Oregon may have adequate back up cornerbacks. Ironic, isn't it that the two teams lose components of the passing game on opposite sides of the ball. I do think the game will come down to who can stop the run.

Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:33 pm

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward


you think the NCAA and the whole SEC wanted to sweep this under the rug? Really??

So when the cycle shifts(and it surely will), and B1G teams, or PAC 12 teams start winning, then the powers that be willed it to be that way? And will start pulling "strings" to keep them on top?

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:45 pm

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

Drinking and a beat down, sounds like football season in the SEC is ready to begin.  No wonder Texas A&M wants in so bad, this is the greatest conference in America.  Blame the BCS, until they came along to give us a true champion corruption and scandal were not nearly at the high level they are now but then again neither were the ratings.  BCS officials know one thing for sure, what makes good TV.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:10 pm

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

Just checking in with the haters!  DD, did he mention The Ohio State University in his gossip column?  LSU or Oklahoma will be National Champs this year!  Go Buckeyes!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:34 pm

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

So we know the coach did not report the email and the kids got tats and sold rings.  What else  do you know?  The coaches infraction was serious but what the kids did, very minor IMO.  Do you know more?
It was reported that, during campus trips, all recruits were entered in a raffle for prizes, all sanctioned and administered by Tressell.  Turns out the raffles were rigged so that the blue chip recruits won.  *sniff sniff*  Smells like Tressell was handing out gifts to blue chippers to get them to come to OSU.

I've said it before, pay these kids something, but don't pretend like Tressell barely violated any kind of NCAA rules.

As far as LSU goes, when has the QB ever mattered for them?  JaMarcus Russell was an out of shape underachiever and he won there.  Jarrett Lee could be Matt Mauck.  He doesn't need to do much but let the Mad Hatter control the play calling and the defense do what it does.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:16 pm

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

So Quarterback doesn't matter for a team to win big huh?   How many times have you heard the saying"all he does is win",
you have heard that about Tebow, Gino Torretta, and a ton of qb's who have been blessed with great defenses but the
quarterback gets the heisman trophy for it.    Ok then, why don't you actually give the heisman trophy to the best player
in the country regardless of record.

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