Coach Les Miles met with the media Monday afternoon to discuss the Tigers as they open bowl camp. And for the first time in quite a while, there seemed to be a weight lifted from the room.
Miles has denied interest in the position several times dating back to the hours before the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1. However, despite numerous pleas with the media that he would remain in
Miles addressed the issue one final time on Monday and seemed to enjoy the situation much more than in recent weeks.
"I am also happy, to be honest with you, that
LSU's third year coach again stated his love of
"I have a
Miles took a jab at the media, which hasn't been entirely fair to Miles in recent weeks.
"I know it's disappointing to some of you that don't like me and wished I would have taken the
While Miles is staying put in
Pelini returned to
"He got back into town and said it was a lot warmer here," Miles said. "We welcomed him back. It is unfair for a team that puts it together, has chemistry and works as hard as we do to change the lineup. I certainly wouldn't want to do that. I know that Bo Pelini represents another school in his off hours but he sure has been a joy for us. The guys really enjoy him and I look forward to taking the field and lining up one more time with coach Bo."
The Tigers will practice through Saturday before taking a break for Christmas. LSU will resume workouts through Jan. 2 before leaving for
"I don't think it is going to be that big a deal at this point," Miles said. "What we try to do is come to speed first and work on things that we know we will run against everybody in the first couple practices. We'll throw a little bit more at them as we get later in the week and build practices. On the back end on Saturday will be a little shorter go and maybe a little more special teams. I think what guys enjoy is different in making sure we approach the game plan in an orderly fashion but introduce different pieces as we go. I don't think it will be an issue getting this team ready to practice."
Miles said the team is eager to get back to work and completing a season in which the teams' final goal is still attainable – winning the national championship.
"I can tell you as a team representing LSU; we are excited as we can be," Miles said. "Every team in
In one of the most comical moments of Miles' tenure as head coach at LSU, longtime Times-Picayune reporter Peter Finney opened the question and answer period with a tongue-in-cheek inquiry...
"Are you a candidate for the West Virginia job?" Finney quipped.
Miles roared with laughter.