On the Wednesday before the LSU-Fresno State game, Miles.was not his usual pleasant self at his press conference, but his temper flared after two questions by a young reporter about the likelihood of another blowout victory against the Bulldogs, who came in at 1-5 and as 30-point underdogs.
QUESTION: Coach, with this game
coming right after
MILES: You don't mind if I don't buy your "likely blowout." That's just not something I can take very easily.
QUESTION: I was going to say, at what point does it turn into practice on TV? At what point does the competition just stop being threatening? I mean, 21-0? 28-0? 35-0? Fourth quarter?"
Miles let the question sink in and
appeared to be growing angry but did not answer. At this point, LSU sports
Then Miles said, "I didn't really understand it." And Bonnette said, "I don't understand it either."
Miles then calmy said, "I mean I understand what you're saying – at some point in time you're ahead. And when you're ahead, that's a good thing. And you know what, it's never practice. I always like being ahead, and being ahead by a lot is not to be demeaned. And being ahead is what we try to do."
Then Miles gradually grew angry and yelled the following words in bold.
"And you only hope that this is a question that is just a simple question, and never would you like to come in on a Monday and say, 'Boy how about that question I asked?'" Miles said, then raised his voice considerably. "Because then EVERYONE would know that it was a DUMBER question the SECOND time you mentioned it!"
Seconds later, Miles had calmed down completely and told the reporter, "Now I'm not mad at you. I'm just letting you know that you better prepare and you better prepare for each team individually and each team has strengths and weaknesses and you had best be prepared for their best shot.
"They are not coming here for
vacation. They're not coming here to see
In the end, though, the questioner
was right. It was just another blowout for the Tigers, who defeated
Knowing Miles, he'll probably
apologize again to the reporter next time he sees him, unless the reporter
characterizes next week's
Miles is obviously adept at controlling his emotions, which is more than many coaches can say. He can turn it on and off. Behind closed doors he is pretty tough on his players. It is halfway through the season, and tailback Alley Broussard is just now exiting the doghouse. Meanwhile, third team quarterback Ryan Perrilloux may not exit his doghouse until next spring.
So, do not always judge a coach by his press conferences. Nick Saban was not as mean as he appeared to be at times publicly. Miles, in turn, is not as soft as he usually appears to be publicly.
We've seen all the statistics of LSU's blowouts. The Tigers have won their six home games by a combined score of 274-38. But what is the fallout of a blowout on the other side?
LSU's most lopsided win was 49-0
"A complete system failure," is how
Brooks knows defense. He was the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons during their Super Bowl run in 1998 and most of his background is on the defense. He was asked if he would be taking a more active role on the defense.
"Obviously, I'll be involved," he said. "But the defensive coaches are working hard in practice to correct the things and areas where we're not progressing."
State (2-6, 0-4 SEC) hosts
"I'd like to get the taste out of my mouth by going out and playing," Brooks said after the LSU game. "But from a health standpoint, I'm glad we're off because it gives the guys who are out a better chance of getting back."
State making a bowl would be a
Glenn Guilbeau covers LSU and the
Southeastern Conference for Gannett News Service. Read him at www.LSUbeat.com or in the Shreveport Times, Monroe
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