Likely the reason the former Tiger coach was so colorful was the fact he had to explain so many ugly losses during his four-year tenure. From 1991-94, Hallman compiled a 16-28 record, the worst by any coach in the SEC era. Once, the
Considering the events of the last several weeks and most notably the past few days, it seems appropriate to use another famous quotation from LSU's most unsuccessful coach of the modern era.
Ironically, the statement referenced will be applied to the Tigers' winningest coach of all time.
Following one of the many losses of the Hallman era, the coach said in a postgame news conference "Let's not beat a dead horse to death."
Speaking of a dead horse, it has not only been beaten to death over the past few weeks, but also kicked, prodded, punched and smacked around.
But it seems Les Miles has finally gotten his point across, HE WILL NOT BE THE NEXT COACH AT MICHIGAN.
One would have thought after Miles' multiple press conferences in
With balled fists and teeth clenched, Miles growled "I am the coach at LSU. I will be the coach at LSU."
ESPN had reported earlier in the day on Dec. 1 that Miles was expected to become the next coach at
It seemed even more evident Miles was committed to the Tigers when he addressed the LSU Board of Supervisors last week upon inking a new deal with LSU that would make him among the highest paid coaches in the country.
Case closed right?
The Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that Miles had apparently talked with
The national media, especially ESPN, took the story and ran with it stating Miles was very much in the hunt to coach the Wolverines next year. The cable sports network remained strong on its stance that Miles would go to
The Internet was abuzz most of the day on Tuesday as speculation mounted as to what Miles might do. But by mid afternoon, the LSU coach, who was out of town on a recruiting trip, issued a statement that finally put the rumors to rest.
The statement read:
"I had a conversation with
"I'm not a candidate for that job and I will not be a candidate for the job. I was only assisting them in their search for a coach. I have a great job at a wonderful place, a place that my family calls home. It's time that
While it seems strange that one coach would talk with another university's officials about its search for a new coach, you can refer back to Miles' comments following the SEC Championship Game pertaining to his love of
Miles said in his statement Tuesday that he had talked with Martin about the coaching vacancy and the process of
However, it was the final sentence of Miles' statement that brings some finality to the circus that has surrounded both the LSU and
"I'm going to be the coach at LSU next season," Miles said.
There were many who dissected Miles' comments in
But on Tuesday, Miles finally said "next season," meaning he would be coaching - at LSU - for the 2008 season.
And with that, the "dead horse" has sufficiently been beaten "to death."
May it rest in peace.
And to quote another football coach, one much more successful than Hallman, "It's time to move on."
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.