In this edition of Where We Stand, it was an historic week for women's sports at LSU.<br><br>
Record crowds turned out for several women's events on campus last week, baseball and softball kick started their seasons and several former Tigers picked up their first, second even third Super Bowl rings.<br><br>
LSU fans revel in the fact they have a "nice guy" as their football coach and he scored major brownie points completing his coaching staff as well as reeling in another football signee.
First and foremost a
great big paws up to women's athletics on the LSU campus. It is amazing the
success on the women's side of the LSU athletic department. The Lady Tiger
basketball team is ranked No., 1 in the nation, drew over 15,000 fans for the
second time in three years to see a game and are favorites to win the national
title. Coach D-D Breaux's Tiger gymnasts recorded a huge victory over arch rival
Georgia last Friday night and are currently ranked No. 3 in the land and are the
highest rated SEC squad in the country. And Yvette Girouard's young Tiger
softball team split a pair of games in the Desert Classic at UNLV over the
weekend. They debuted this season at No. 5. Congrats to all.
To Tiger fans.
You showed up in droves last week to support LSU athletics. For the first
baseball series of the season versus Nicholls State, 10,643 fans showed up for the two
games (5,359/5,284) as LSU destroyed the visiting Colonels. The fourth largest
crowd in LSU gymnastics history (4,012) turned out Friday to see D-D Breaux's
squad knock off Georgia. And how could you forget the
15,233 that packed the PMAC for the Lady Tigers win over Tennessee. It was by far
the most raucous crowd with sustained enthusiasm these eyes have ever
basketball fans. As impressive as the attendance are for the other games, just
5,411 fans came to see John Brady's Tigers. We understand some folks aren't
happy with Brady and have grown apathetic, but do not punish the players just
because you don't agree with the head coach. LSU still has a shot to make it to
the NCAA Tournament so get out and support the team.
People were not
so happy when Les Miles was hired as the Tigers' 32nd football coach.
But those things are changing by leaps and bounds. Miles, who has professed his
love for college sports in general, has become a fixture around LSU sporting
events. Miles was seen sitting courtside with wife Kathy and his four children
for the Tennessee game on Thursday. And he isn't a
bump on a log either, Miles shakes hands and kisses babies and cheers wildly for
the teams. He had better!! Kathy was a college basketball player!
While we are at
it, let's throw some more kudos toward Les. After weeks and weeks of
anticipation, Miles completed his coaching staff with the final three defensive
hires. Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Bo Pelini was hired as the DC, former all-SEC defensive lineman Karl Dunbar was
hired away from the Chicago Bears to coach the D-line and Bradley Dale Peveto,
the former defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State was bough on board to coach
defensive backs and special teams. While people aren't as critical of Miles
anymore, he has an outstanding staff stocked full of guys with NFL experience.
Plus, he has the best offensive coordinator in the country in Jimbo Fisher (now
that Norm Chow has moved on to the NFL) and the former defensive coordinator
(with NFL experience) of Nebraska and
should be the head coach of the Huskers right now. Not bad Les.
We promise this
is the last one. Les Miles again for finally coercing Miami, Fla. defensive line prospect Rickey
Jean-Francois to signing with LSU. RJF made it official on Thursday, a day which
was one of the busiest at LSU in a long, long time.
On the flip
side of recruiting, Ryan Perrilloux is at it again. After last week's circus
concerning what he may or may not have said in USA Today, Perrilloux was spewing
confidence again this week when he was pretty bold in an article by
Carl DuBois in the Baton Rouge
Advocate. Perrilloux was quoted as saying "they definitely want me to come in
and see if I can be the person that looks like gold all the time and get them
the ball, because the receivers are kind of frustrated because they had to cut
the offense in half just so JaMarcus and Matt could play." YIKES…. Like we said
last week, this kid makes friends fast. Is this arrogance or confidence? We'll
see come August.
Perrilloux's comments weren't bad enough, East St.
John coach Larry Dautreive (who spent several years coaching in the
CFL) said Perrilloux (right now at 17 years old) is better than Doug Flutie when
Flutie was 28 years old and playing for Dautreive in the CFL. Okay…..
To Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. After her team was soundly defeated by the Lady Tigers last Thursday,
the Lady Vols coach was more than a little irritated at the play of her team. In
the press conference, Summitt eluded several times that she gave LSU credit for
a good game but then said her team didn't play very well. She had the tone that
LSU didn't beat Tennessee, but that Tennessee beat
themselves. A total lack of respect.