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|Time to rally behind Miles|
It's time to rally around Les Miles.
Kind of strange coming from a guy who questioned some of his methods and madness for the past two seasons.
But Miles showed me in the Cotton Bowl what he can do.
And I'll buy into the fact that LSU was just not strong enough at quarterback to do more than they did on offense. Although I still would have liked to have seen Jordan Jefferson given the chance to throw the ball more than 40 yards down the field more than one or two times a game.
What LSU has in Miles is a guy who is not going to get the university in trouble for anything underhanded. He's certainly no Lane Kiffin.
Miles is not going to come off arrogant and cocky after a win in the same way as Gene Chizik.
Miles is not going to run off his assistant coaches in the same way as the hard-driving Nick Saban.
You have a guy who loves coaching at LSU, does a great job recruiting and is loved by his players.
Sure he says and does some things off the wall.
He also does things that make the Tigers fun to watch and some things so off the wall that they work.
ESPN's "Around the Horn" had its commentators chuckling when talking about Miles' dilemma regarding the Michigan situation. They talked about how LSU fans are not really behind the coach who will be starting his seventh year as LSU head ooach.
Miles has compiled a record of 62-17 as head coach of the Tigers, including a 5-1 record in bowl games, topped by a national championship in 2007.
That's a shame for LSU to be looked at as a school that doesn't support its coach, especially when the majority of fans are actually now behind the Mad Hatter. But you have to admit it gets tough at times.
Miles could have easily gone to Michigan and it would have been acceptable considering that's where he played his college ball.
And I truly believe he was doing an honorable thing on Michigan's behalf. He's still blue and maize and there's nothing at all wrong with that.
And, let's face it, while the program has lost a lot of its luster, it's still a conference where you have to face Ohio State and Penn State, but otherwise you can easily compete with the other conference teams.
Who could blame Miles for replacing Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Georgia and South Carolina with the likes of Wisconsin, Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana and Minnesota?
I'm also feeling a lot better about things with Gary Crowton no longer doing the play-calling.
Can you imagine someone with the mind of Gus Malzahn directing the LSU offense? I wold love to see Justin Fuente of TCU handling the offense after watching TCU this past season.
For now I'm looking forward to the 2011 football season under Les Miles. He deserves to walk the sidelines of Tiger Stadium. Just go easy on the grass.
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