Archive for July 23rd, 2008

MEDIA DAYS: Miles having fun at Saban’s expense

July 23, 2008

LSU coach Les Miles was asked about his willingness to jab at Alabama on the off-season speaking circuit.

Miles poked his LSU predcessor, Nick Saban, whose first Crimson TIde team lost 21-14 to La.-Monroe last fall. It’s the second straight summer that Miles has made some sort of off-the-cuff comment about Alabama. Maybe he figures last year LSU won the national championship, so why change?

“It seems like a lot of teams in Louisiana beat that team,” Miles said to a group of alumni and fans in New Orleans last week when the topic of Alabama football was approached.

LSU was pulling away from Ole Miss in Oxford last November as La.-Monroe, my alma mater, was hanging on against the Tide in Tuscaloosa. The Ole Miss game had turned by that point, and I wasn’t the only person in the press box giving more than passing attention to the Bama-ULM Gametracker.

“I have great respect for the University of Alabama, the history they have presented to college football, the competition they put forth every time they take the field,” Miles said. “I promise you, any fun and entertainment I have with our supporters is very respectful. I love college football, the fun and the young men that play it.”

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, whose Arkansas team defeated then-No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge in the final regular season game, must have been impressed by ULM’s win. He hired two coaches off that staff, safeties coach Kim Dameron and receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.

— PA


MEDIA DAYS: About to begin

July 23, 2008

The Commish will take the podium in a few minutes. He’s already been through the ballroom here once to make sure everything is in order.

Some sports writer chatter from lunch: The Arkansas group thinks Casey Dick is getting a bad rap at QB, that he’ll be effective, not great. Still, the consensus seems to be that if Arkansas wins six games Bobby Petrino should be coach of the year. … One writer in the LSU group believes the Tigers can repeat as national champs if they get good quarterback play. … Four SEC teams mentioned as national championship possibilities include LSU, Georgia, Florida and Auburn.

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— PA

MEDIA DAYS: Powe update

July 23, 2008

I’m starting to hear a Powe announcement is more likely after media days, either late Friday or early next week.

For the SEC, it all comes down to what you want. Do you view the Powe thing as an opportunity, a chance to say you’ve done the right thing and helped a learning disabled student reach his potential as both a football player and a student, or do you view the whole thing as a hot potato and you want to make an announcement when all the media have left town?

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— PA