In this week's offering of Where Do We Stand, one LSU coach gets paid while a former Tiger mentor pulls a fast one.
New coach Les Miles got the stamp
of approval on his new $1.25 million contract while former coach Nick Saban came
in like a stranger in the night and grabbed the man Miles had tabbed as the
Tigers next defensive coordinator.
The Tiger basketball team took some
hard knocks on the road but not before winning a controversial game against the
razorbacks. Plus, where is hot shot Ryan Perrilloux going? You can find it all
in this week's rant.
To the LSU Board of
Supervisors. LSU coach Les Miles' seven-year contract worth $1.25 million
annually was approved unanimously Friday by the university's Board of
Supervisors. Miles' base salary will be $300,000 a year, with an additional
$600,000 for radio, television and Internet work. He will receive $300,000 a
year from the Tiger Athletic Foundation and $50,000 from shoe and equipment
contracts, the school said. The deal includes an additional $200,000 per year in
deferred compensation. Saban had the nation's richest contract for a college
football coach: a seven-year, $18.45 million deal he signed after winning a
share of the national title for LSU in 2003. Saban's original LSU contract in
1999 paid him $1.2 million annually.
Another tip of the cap
to the Board of Supervisors and their approval of plans for a new baseball
stadium at LSU. After Skip Bertman announced the university's plans to move
revered Alex Box Stadium 2,000 feet south of its current location, the board of
supervisors approved the plans for the new 8,000 seat stadium to be located at
the corner of Gourrier and Nicholson Dr. For fans that are bitter over the
relocation of college baseball's most fearsome venue, do not fret for the
accommodations will be more than enough for you all to welcome the new Alex Box
with open arms.
To Saturday's showing
by the Tiger basketball team at Kentucky. The Wildcats drilled a season-high
11 three-pointers against the Tigers, five of which came from Kentucky guard Patrick Sparks. Most of the outside shots came in transition and were mainly uncontested
looks at the goal. LSU had closed the gap to eight points with 13-plus minutes
to go in the game, but eventually lost 89-58, the third-worst loss of the John Brady era at LSU.
To the Villanova
Wildcats. Registering the biggest upset of this college basketball season so
far, Nova eliminated the Kansas Jayhawks from the ranks of the unbeaten
trouncing the No. 2 KU 83-62 Saturday. Other upsets Saturday included Virginia Tech's 70-69 win over No. 12 Georgia Tech, 18th-ranked Oklahoma's 64-60 win over
No. 13 Texas and UNC-Charlotte's 76-66 upset of No. 25 Marquette.
To former LSU coach
Nick Saban. If it was bad enough Saban left the Tigers in the bind in which he
did on Christmas Day, but now LSU fans are grumbling because of the hiring of
the Miami Dolphins new defensive coordinator. George Edwards, formerly an
assistant with the Cleveland Brown had been sized up and fitted for a headset as
Les Miles' defensive coordinator at LSU. Oh no, not so fast my friend. Saban
swept in and hired Edwards away leaving Miles and LSU holding the bag. Miles has
since interviewed Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, but Snyder said no thank you. Other possible candidates include New Orleans Saints cornerbacks coach Greg Brown and former Dallas Cowboys head coach
To the SEC office and
their ruling on last week's controversial three-pointer in the LSU-Arkansas
game. Arkansas's Michael Jones hit what Razorbacks
coaches, players and fans thought was the game-winning three-pointer with 1.8
second remaining to upend LSU 59-58. But after further review, referee Tom Eades
ruled the shot a two stating after reviewing the shot, Jones' toe was on the
line. "One official signaled a 2-point shot as the shot was taken and another
signaled a 3-point shot after the shot was made," the statement from the SEC
said. "The official who signaled a 3-point goal never communicated his call to
the other official. "As a result, in the judgment of the official who had
signaled a 2-point goal, the ruling on the floor at that time was that the shot
was a 2-point goal. Arkansas coach Stan Heath accused officials of
changing the score after noticing that Jones traveled before shooting. He said
that, because the referees couldn't penalize the traveling, they chose changing
the point value as a remedy. The SEC had no comment on Heath's remarks either
Thursday or Friday. The conference has a league rule against criticizing game
To Rudy Niswanger
and his decision to return to LSU for his senior season, putting off medical
school for one year. Niswanger, a native of Monroe, La.,
started all 12 games for the Tigers in 2004, seeing action at four different
positions on the offensive line. Niswanger started six games at right guard,
four at center, and one each at left guard and right tackle for the Tigers in
2004. A First-Team ESPN Academic All-America in 2004, Niswanger will graduate in
May with a degree in kinesiology. He carries a 4.0 grade point average into the
spring semester at LSU. Niswanger has already been accepted into medical school.
"Coming back for a fifth year gives me a chance to be a senior leader on this
team and that means a lot to me," Niswanger said. "I'm excited about the players
coming back next year and the opportunity to play for Coach Miles."
To the Ryan Perrilloux
saga. The nation's top prep quarterback continues to toy with members of the
media as well as the coaching staff's of school courting the East St. John standout. Perrilloux, who has been committed
to Texas for months, says LSU and Mississippi State are still in the mix and that his
decision on signing day "will make jaws drop." What a drama queen! If this guy
is committed to Texas, then why will his decision be such a
shocker? Rumors say he will be an LSU Tiger, but Perrilloux says the coaching
staff of the school to which he goes already knows he is coming. While many
believe that is LSU, Perrilloux has mixed no words when he says he intends to
start/play as a true freshman. If Perrilloux wants to be the star of the show,
where else could he be the biggest difference? See where this is heading?
Perrilloux would shock everyone if he chooses to be the Top Dawg (pardon the
pun) and heads to Starkville and Mississippi State. With the drama that has already
surrounded this ongoing saga, nothing short of this shocker would surprise us as
far as Perrilloux is concerned.
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. You can
reach him be e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.