Miles is certainly aware that his
season could be spoiled on Nov. 3 at
Saban went 8-5 in his third season at LSU. Historically, year three has been a mixed bag for LSU football coaches.
Here is a look at the past 10
coaches in their junior campaigns at LSU:
Nick Saban 8-5 2002
Gerry DiNardo 9-3 1997
Curley Hallman 5-6 1993
Mike Archer 4-7 1989
Bill Arnsparger 9-3 1986
Jerry Stovall 8-2-1 1982
Charles McClendon 8-2-1 1964
Paul Dietzel 5-5 1957
Gaynell Tinsley 4-5-2 1950
Bernie Moore 9-2 1937
The pressure is on Miles to become the first LSU coach to lead the Tigers to at least 10 wins in his third season. Anything short of SEC honors and a run at the BCS title will be considered less than satisfactory by many of the LSU faithful.
The 60th anniversary of
Pete Maravich's birth in
Maravich set records as an LSU senior in 1970 that have been untouchable in the 37 years since his departure from TigerTown. Pete passed Oscar Robertson on Jan. 31, 1970, to become the most prolific scorer in major college history.
Since the night that Pistol Pete soared over the Big O, five other NCAA sharpshooters have also moved ahead of the 2,973 career points scored by Robertson from 1957-60 at Cincinnati. Nobody has come close to the 3,667 points that Maravich amassed in just 83 games.
Freeman Williams is second all-time with 3,249 points accumulated in four years at Portland State from 1974-78. The 44.2 average per game for the Pistol is nearly 10 points better than Notre Dame's Austin Carr, who averaged 34.6 points per game from 1968-71.
Maravich missed more shots than he made, but his legacy is significant.
The odds of another college athlete
averaging more than 44 points per game for three years are off the chart. With
athletes now eligible for four years and the three-point play producing higher
scoring games, Maravich's total point record should someday be eclipsed. But it
is notable that Pete is 418 points ahead of the number two man on the list
nearly four decades after his last dribble at the
The Pistol's gaudy numbers are
surpassed by his showmanship. His flair has become part of SEC lore. In a league
that produced the
LSU cage connoisseurs may concur
that the most substantial victory by an LSU basketball team before, during or
after the reign of Pistol Pete occurred on the night on Feb. 11, 1978, in
Next year marks the 30th
anniversary of LSU's 95-94 overtime triumph over national champion
The triumph was most remarkable because LSU's starting five of Rudy Macklin, DeWayne Scales, Kenny Higgs, Ethan Martin and Lionel Green fouled out of the game.
Dale Brown's motivational capacity
made national news on this eventful night. The 42-year-old Brown was steamed
because his troops were mauled four weeks earlier in
The night of Feb. 11 belonged to
the Tigers as freshman Willie Sims, an African-American Jew from
Sonny Marks is writing a book about
the 1978 LSU victory over
Jim Engster is the general manager