Posted on: September 17, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 12:09 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
When it comes to recruiting high school players, coaches are always looking for new ways to gain an advantage on their competition. After all, recruiting can be the life blood of a successful program and is essential to long-term success. With new changes in technology and the way people can easily communicate with each other, there are plenty of new avenues for coaches to try and connect with recruits and give them a look at what life is like at their schools.
Which is why you see so many coaches with Twitter accounts these days. Les Miles is one of the many coaches around the country that have a Twitter account, but he also can now say he has something that no other coach does. His own app .
With the release of the LSU Football-Miles Method app, prospective student-athletes can now get a deeper look into the Tiger program via Apple. The app, made available on Sept. 16, will offer highlights, video and messages on the football team. It will also feature a stream from Miles on Twitter and Facebook.
With the release, LSU became the first collegiate program to offer content and video on the team through an iPad app.
Just like Miles, the app comes without an internal clock.
Seriously, though, this is actually a rather smart move by LSU and Miles. One that I'm sure a lot of schools are going to start doing themselves in the very near future and utilize it as much as possible before the NCAA undoubtedly makes them illegal.
That mean ol' NCAA, never letting anybody have any fun.
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: September 9, 2010 9:47 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
Patrick Peterson entered the season as a preseason pick as one of the best defensive backs in the nation. After his performance in LSU's season opener against North Carolina, it is not hard to consider him one of the best football players in the nation.
Peterson was so good returning kicks and punts, it would not be surprising to see teams stop kicking to him. He set a school record with 257 total return yards on punts and kicks, and his 87 yard punt return touchdown was the sixth-longest in school history. If teams do stop kicking to him, how would the Tigers utilize that explosiveness? Simple, use him on offense.
According to head coach Les Miles, they are not ruling out that possibility.
"We would consider using him on offense," Miles said. "The issue is the number of snaps and what you are going to get out of him at a key time on defense. The opportunity to keep him on the field and play in crunch time on the defensive side in the back end of the game also certainly has priority.
"We have thought about that. We're not ready to commit to that with the idea that his number of snaps will be a great number as we go forward."
Utilizing Peterson on offense, even if only as a decoy for some packages, would help stretch out a defense and allow quarterback Jordan Jefferson to move in the pocket to make a play. Put him on a well-blocked end around, and you can go ahead and add six to the scoreboard for the Bayou Bengals. Despite scoring 30 points, LSU's offense was not impressive against the Tar Heels. They were held scoreless in the second half by a defense that was missing seven starters due to eligibility issues. If those offensive woes continue, Peterson might be the energizer to end them.
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Posted on: September 5, 2010 12:04 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Is it possible for both teams to lose a game? LSU fans would probably argue yes after the Tigers' wild 30-24 survival against North Carolina. The decimated Tar Heels failed to convert a fourth down with under two minutes left, only to force a fumble on a game-clinching first down for LSU. With 1:08 left and no timeouts left, T.J. Yates drove UNC to the 5-yard line with 6 seconds left.
Alas, two throws into the end zone fell incomplete, the second bouncing off Zack Pianalto's hands as time expired. Both Yates and announcer Brent Musberger both thought there was some pass interference on the final play, and um, they kind of hand a point. It was the type of contact that doesn't always get called on the last play of a game (unless it's the 2003 BCS Championship, anyway).
So North Carolina comes away from the game 0-1 and still wondering when their 15 players will be declared eligible, while LSU gets a win but has even more reason to resent Les Miles and his offense than before (which, after the first half, seemed impossible). Fun times all around!
Posted on: September 3, 2010 3:28 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
LSU fans who spend the week chuckling at the misfortune of Butch Davis and the Tar Heels, who are missing somewhere between 12-15 players for tomorrow's game in Baton Rouge, should heed a little caution and consider a sobering fact: Butch Davis has, on multiple occasions, come very close to being the head coach at LSU.
The Shreveport Times detailed the Tigers' extended courtship with Davis, noting that before hiring Nick Saban in 1999 and then Les Miles in 2005, LSU came very close to taking Davis instead; in '99, Davis had been too open about his interest to eventually coach in the NFL, and then health problems derailed what would have been a sure hire by the school in '05.
This is not to insinuate that LSU is a crooked school or that they would have intentionally courted the type of academic malfeasance that has been alleged with the Tar Heels today, of course. It's not like Butch Davis interviewed with North Carolina and told them "I'm planning on farming out my players' classwork to my kids' tutor."
And seriously, LSU fans; do not mock Butch Davis this weekend or thereafter, because you are tempting the mischievously cruel football gods if you do. After all, Les Miles' job isn't completely safe, and do these sound like the words of people who are trying to put any distance between their former school and Davis?
In reference to the '99 opening:
"We interviewed Butch before we talked to Nick [Saban]," former LSU Board of Supervisors member Charles Weems of Alexandria said this week. "We really thought he was great."
And from the '05 opening:
"It was too bad," [former LSU AD Skip] Bertman said. "I would've taken Butch in a heartbeat."