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Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:34 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 12:36 pm

Les Miles will do the right thing.

Ever since’s Brett McMurphy noted that LSU’s suspended players may face a two-game suspension due to failed drug tests, there has to be a lot of hand-wringing in Baton Rouge.

A two-game suspension would put the Nov. 5 Alabama game in play. LSU can get by without Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware and Tharold Simon Saturday against Auburn. Alabama is a different matter.

In a game that is shaping up as a national semifinal, Miles needs all hands available. I believe he will do the right thing and hold those players out of the Alabama game – if the players are subject to a two-game suspension.

It’s a logical conclusion that the players face a two-game suspension – at least. The original report said the players failed a drug test. The NCAA doesn’t test for street drugs like synthetic marijuana, the drug named in the report. The SEC doesn’t test for drugs. It is the conference’s policy that each school have its own drug-testing policy.

That leaves LSU. If the report is true, there are some tough decisions ahead. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that the suspensions will be only one game

We probably will never know that for sure about any drug-test issues. Any failed drug test falls under privacy laws protecting students. Unless the students or their parents admit to a failed test, the reason for the suspensions could remain a secret.

That doesn’t relieve Miles, or his AD Joe Alleva, from doing the right thing. I believe they will. Miles took decisive action on Jordan Jefferson, even though the quarterback was eventually charged with only misdemeanor battery.

There a lot of schools that would have gone to the wall to keep their starting quarterback on the field. LSU wasn’t one of them. Miles was behind that.

In a world gone mad with conference realignment and unethical conduct, it would be nice to see LSU/Miles set a standard.


WWL has a sworn duty not to give free publicity to apparel makers during their hideous assault on traditional uniforms. But this item could not be ignored.

It’s a perfect time to draw attention to the players who are on the field for LSU against Auburn. The Tigers will be wearing their Pro Combat unis.

Meanwhile, the damage was done last week at Michigan State. While the words “good taste” didn’t enter the conversation in describing the Alabama-Birminghamish uniforms, there was one cool aspect to them.

On the back of the Spartans’ Pro Combat jerseys worn last week against Michigan is the Greek phrase, “Molon Labe.” Translated, it means “come and take them.” It is an expression of defiance spoken by King Leonidas I to the Persian army which had demanded the Spartans lay down their weapons.

Wow, these guys are serious. Used to be the most damage at a Michigan State game was caused by brat juice dripping on your new fleece.

Maybe it’s not Urban Meyer. Maybe it’s just being a Gator. There have been arrests at Florida in the last calendar year.

How long does Denard Robinson have as Michigan's quarterback? Devin Gardner is bigger, stronger and definitely has a more accurate arm. That’s not saying much given D-Rob’s 52 percent completion percentage.

But the feeling among many is that if Robinson, a junior, is around next season he will be converted to a slot receiver, wildcat or some sort of other unique weapon. Michigan State exposed him as an inaccurate thrower who couldn’t get outside against a quality defense.

Michigan has another week to figure things out before hosting Purdue. 

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Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:33 am

Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

Miles always does the right thing. Dennis Dodd's opinion is a matter of conjecture. The trio will be back in full effect for the Alabama game and they will have served there suspension with character and dignity.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:31 am

Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

Give Alabama a chance? Seriously?

Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:20 am

Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

Bullshiznit, Auburn won't win today. As we keep overlooking the Auburn Tigers what will happen is that they will lose in Tiger Stadium as projected. No Cam Newton=no win for Auburn. Don't get to full of yourself...the national semifinal will be on a big stage. Auburn needs more that help, they need a miracle.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:47 am

Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

Keep overlooking auburn, and see what happens.  I guess we will see this afternoon if the "national semifinal" next weekend will be as good as advertised.  I hope the players are back for that game and the arkansas game.  Auburn will need lsu's help after they win today

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:53 am

Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

Mr. Dodd:

The term, "Synthetic marijuana" refers to over-the-counter group of mj substitutes that until recently, were entirely legal in all states, being sold in virtually every convenience store in the U.S.  In August, 2010, Louisiana banned only five of the them, leaving many more still legal.  Here's a link to a good article on Synthetic Marijuana prohibitions in Louisiana:  

Interestingly, they are *not* illegal in neighboring Mississippi.

That leaves many more synthetic marijuanas that are NOT illegal, but, only prohibited by the LSU athletic department, i.e., they are all against the rules.  What has likely happened, is that the named players only broke team rules, not the law, the SEC rules, nor NCAA rules... hence why Miles is keeping this as an internal matter only. 

If this is a team-rules violation alone, a two-game suspension is not deserved, and very *unlikely*. 

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:35 pm

Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

This artcile assumes that the rumors are true but also assumes this is a second offense, as a first offense, per LSU's standard ( and just about any other college's per Rivals' report on the subject ) can result in NO suspensions. Who's to say this isn't a first offense that Miles may be very strict on, ie. suspend a player even though he doesn't have to? That would mean Miles 'does the right thing' AND still only suspends the players for 1 game.

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:30 pm

Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

considering the NCAA penalty for 1st drug failure of drug test is no suspension,

and considering Miles has suspended them a game any way

why are all these people wanting 2 games???

is it me or do they want LSU to give Bama a chance???

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:08 pm

Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

Will anyone agree that the action taken is the proper action? No matter what the Hat does in this situation he will be as equally "wrong" as he is "right", if any poll is taken. What I think he'll do is the "fair" thing in regard to the LSU program. His track record speaks to that eventuality.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:09 pm

Son of WWL: Les Miles will do the right thing

Sounds like Dodd is pulling for Bama this game.  Miles will do the right thing and play these guys against Bama, as he should for such a minor offense. 

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