Les Miles thinks dismissals improved LSU

Les Miles claims it's addition by subtraction with the recently dismissed players.

Maquedius Bain was never reinstated to the LSU football team.

His name was included in a press release sent last week that also announced the reinstatement of Dwayne Thomas and Anthony Jennings. But Les Miles said Wednesday at a press conference that Bain was never allowed back.

Bain announced Monday that he was transferring to Pearl River Community College, but Miles made it clear Bain did not have the option to return to LSU.

Bain, along with Thomas and Jennings, were arrested in June and charged with unlawful entry of a dwelling. East Baton Rouge district attorney Hillar Moore announced last week he would not file charges against the three players.

That decision prompted LSU to reinstate Thomas and Jennings, but not Bain.

Though he’s the third defensive linemen to leave Baton Rouge this summer, Miles said none of that attrition will affect LSU.

“Certain behaviors are not acceptable on this team,” Miles said. “It’s not going to affect this year. We’ll be in a good position to man those spots…That attrition is not what we wanted, but it will improve us.”

The loss of Bain in addition to Trey Lealaimatafao and Travonte Valentine does leave LSU with fewer bodies along the defensive line. Though the latter two “did not take a snap for us,” as Miles said Wednesday, they were expected to provide depth.

LSU now has six players each at defensive end and defensive tackle. And though Miles said they have the manpower this year to handle the losses, it will be a point of emphasis in future recruiting classes.

“There’s a necessity to that,” Miles said. “We’ll have to recruit to some spots where we’ll need a freshman class to play significant roles in future years.”




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