It would no doubt be hard to argue that this is the greatest period ever in the history of LSU athletics.
Anyone who says otherwise needs their head examined.
One might argue that LSU was at an all-time high after Nick Saban led the Tigers to the 2003 national title. While nothing beats a national championship in football, the events of the past week have LSU at the forefront of college athletics.
First, the Tigers go into the Sugar Bowl and rout Notre Dame. While the Fighting Irish remain the darling of the national media, one could not overlook the lethal precision by which LSU dismantled Charlie Weis' team.
JaMarcus Russell carved up the Notre Dame secondary, and the Tiger defense put on a defensive clinic in limiting the Fighting Irish's high-powered offense to a mere 30 second-half yards.
LSU fans danced into the wee hours
of the morning throughout the streets of
Prior to the Tigers' rout of Notre
Dame, LSU's name was in the news as the aforementioned Saban was introduced as
the new head coach of the
While Tiger fans grew enraged by
the arrival of Saban as the coach of hated
More on Saban in a minute.
It wasn't long after LSU's Sugar
Storm of Notre Dame in the Superdome and the soap opera that was the Saban saga
that Tiger fans' attention turned to the hardwood. John Brady's Tigers were
gearing up to host
Not only was the game versus the No. 14-ranked Huskies set to be televised in prime time on ESPN, LSU was the scene for ESPN's College Gameday – complete with the entire crew consisting of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Hubert Davis. The Gameday crew rolled into town on Friday, joined Brady for his weekly radio show at Walk-Ons on Friday night, then were live and in living color from the floor of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Saturday morning.
Over 12,000 fans packed into the
Brady said afterward that ESPN's Phelps commented to the 10th-year coach that LSU's fans and the PMAC atmosphere was as good as he has seen anywhere in the country.
Has LSU finally arrived as one of college basketball's big boys?
I promised myself I wouldn't go
into some long diatribe about former LSU coach Nick Saban and his midnight train
ride out of
There have been plenty of
editorials, columns and opinions expressed about Saban and the way he lied his
way right out of
Near the end of the Tigers' Sugar
Bowl triumph, the LSU student section in
Oh, how the mighty fall!
Instead of jumping on the band wagon berating the former Dolphins coach, I wish to go in another direction. Let's talk about what this means for LSU – and especially for Les Miles.
Ever since Miles arrived in
That can all change now.
With Saban standing up to be
counted with the enemy, all of those who swooned over the former Tiger coach
have now developed an intolerable hatred for him. The thought of Saban in
What an opportunity for Miles to benefit from this.
It is rally-around-the-leader time at LSU, and no time is better for Miles to win over the entire LSU fan base. He is 22-4 as LSU's coach, is 2-0 in bowl games, having defeated the likes of Miami and Notre Dame by a combined score of 81-17, and has been very successful on the recruiting trail.
The only thing Les needs now is to
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.