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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.

Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:44 pm
 

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.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

Oh yea!  I forgot.  One of the next possible QB's is Zach Mettenberger who transferred from Georgia due to drinking and other offenses.  What a country?



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

The 49 pairs of shoes recovered at his apartment is a BIG clue.  How did he require them?  Which pair kicked the victum?  Was he watching Emelda Marcos reruns on TV?  How old could he have been then?  How big of a "black" eye is college football suffering from all the latest scandals?  Does the NCAA have a clue about its rules? Becomming discusted!!! 



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

There is no doubt about Tressel and Outlaw State

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?



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

You are right just so long as you have felon thugs on the team the writer should give you a pass.  Yeah just another day in the SEC.


We don't know what the truth is yet at LSU. There is no doubt about Tressel and Outlaw State.




Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

I take back my cynical comment about LSU not doing the right thing. There are more important things in life than a out-of-conference game with a top ranked opponent like learning to stay away from bars named Porky's and Shady's. Alright, kids, that's the lesson: stay away from places called Porky's and Shady's. Not that hard.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

You are right just so long as you have felon thugs on the team the writer should give you a pass.  Yeah just another day in the SEC.



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

LSU didn't have a lying, cheating coach!



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

What is amusing is that Dodd writes 1/4 or the article about the bad things at LSU and the rest about how things can be better due to the arrest.  If the same thing happened at tOSU he would have 4 pages about how bad it is and how they need the hammer. 

No bias here.



Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

In the dog-eat-dog world we know as football (at the higher level), we all know that with every Jevan Snead there is a Matt Simms to replace him.  LSU with the loss of Shepard and Jefferson lost about 5 % of the total package.  Lee and Mettenberger will put up better passing numbers but will lose about 400 yards rushing.  LSU will succeed this year if the ferocious defense lives up to the hype and the offense pounds the football behind Spencer Ware and Michael Ford.  Miles gave his players the benefit of the doubt but now that doubt is gone and its time to move on and play football.  As for the Lyles deal, that stuff is going on and the NCAA just needs to force the schools to do their own recruiting and put these go-betweens, back sacking groceries on game night.



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