The current coach of the Miami Dolphins' philosophy was he liked to play no more than six straight games without the benefit of an open date.
He had better be glad he's in the NFL because with the 12-game schedule now in effect in college football, teams get only one break during the season.
Heck some teams don't even get a break.
Four teams in the SEC –
A year ago, after Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita postponed the beginning of the 2005 season, LSU had its open
date after the season opener versus
While Les Miles and his team surely
welcomed the downtime last weekend, the absence of a game allowed fans to
continue brooding over LSU's 6-2 record heading into
The fans have been brutal.
"Miles is in over his head."
"Miles needs to go."
These are just some of the cries from fans. They question his play calling, his lack of emotion, the way he wears his hat, and so forth and so on. And the ridicule will continue until Miles beats a quality opponent. LSU's six wins have come against teams with a combined 17-20 record. The only team with a winning record is Louisiana-Lafayette, which is 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Miles will get his third chance to
beat a prime-time opponent when the Tigers travel to
While a large portion of the chatter around town has been surrounding football, there are plenty of other topics that have diverted fans' attention away from the woes of the football team.
The ongoing scandal surrounding the baseball program has some people already trying to name Skip Bertman's successor as athletic director.
The baseball camp/free housing scandal is becoming a public relations nightmare for the LSU athletic department and many feel Bertman, once the most beloved man in Tiger Town, could be on his way out the door – and soon.
And if "Baseball-Gate" hasn't been enough of a black eye for the athletic department, a couple of recent arrests made involving illegal contact between sports agents and student-athletes has only made matters worse. An agent was arrested two weeks ago for hanging around the athletes' on campus apartments. It got worse when an assistant strength coach for the football team was apprehended for working as a runner for the same agent.
Not all things are negative, though.
Both the men's and women's
basketball program officially got things going last week at SEC Media Days in
And as for myself, I spent my open
date in Longhorn country visiting my in-laws in
I became an uncle for the first
time last Friday when my brother-in-law
The youngster is destined to either be a baseball player or a country singer with that name.
Talk about a child that is going to grow up with some pretty heavy sports influences.
Mother Ann admits she heard an interview with Marshall Faulk on ESPN Radio and liked the name immediately. Dad chose the name Brooks from the greatest third baseman of them all, Brooks Robinson.
But here's where it really gets interesting.
Looking out the window of Baby
Brooks' room at St. David's Hospital in downtown
Mom is a graduate of
Dad is an LSU alum and has guaranteed his son is a Tiger.
End of story!
From the mailbag:
No, last year was not enough to
convince me of anything but that Tyrus Thomas was a freak of nature. Brady still is missing out on the kind
of big-name recruits that it takes to compete with the big boys. Had Brady landed the Augustine kid who
- Ned Scheppegrell
Easy does it, Ned. I think you are
witnessing the beginning of something special at LSU. Brady is going to use the
homegrown talent to build the program and begin to be able to attract national
recruits, such as five-star power forward Anthony Randolph from
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag magazine. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.