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I think maybe Lester was smoking Turf (grass...whatever) with Jefferson all week. Maybe that is why he didn't want to bench him? Lester usually talks like he is eating mushrooms or special brownies or something.
It would be pretty cool to have video clips of the halftime interviews of Mack Brown, Les Miles and Brian Kelly all streamed one after the other.... I wonder how similar they may be?? If I remember correctly all three seemed kinda shell shocked...
LSU got rid of one of their most successful coaches, after 18 years as head coach, in 1979. His name was Charlie McClendon. He had a very good record but he couldn't beat Bear Bryant which was his undoing. Most of the Ala -LSU games back then were close and tough, but Cholly Mac was only 2-8 against Coach Bryant. Of course the seasons back then were usually 10 games, but LSU got rid of Charles Y. McClendon primarily because he couldn't beat Th' Bear...
No disrespect ment, but not really, Alabama wasn't winning 9-11 games a year.
Without defense coordinator lsu would be in a lot of trouble. That's the only thing saving them right now.
I agree with this and realize that Miles is still someone that brings a bigger game against Bama...
Bama does have their presence in Louisiana amongst the kids that have potential to play and will continue to get studs.
The one difference between the coaching searches at UT and AU, would be the situation a coach can walk into. They have talent, they have money... they will have support with new energy and as I said earlier they are the only game in town... it is not LSU or La Tech, it is only LSU. AU has to deal with Bama and no matter what will never be the primary State school, plus they run more players off then they attract. UT is just a mess... it is worse than Bama was 7-10 yrs ago ( hell Bama was caused by probabtion) what is Tenn excuse... poor hiring.
LSU is a good gig that one of the peak guys ( Peterson, Patterson) would possibly be willing to jump for.
However it does beg the question with all of this available in Louisiana why were they never this successful until Saban.. Dinardo put them in the hole again
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Hard to believe when he said Russell Shephard was a huge part of their offense
Never changed a diaper lol I'm still in college.
I have no doubt the OP heard the story, and that it probably came from T-Bob or Shepard, but I still question if it's true. Never trust bad stories from bitter people.
The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.
Ditto on Bill Battle at Tennessee.he was much better than Majors.
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I am one of those people who say that. I figured he would be gone by now, but was wrong. I figured he would start to lose recruits and the foundation would crumble. I said they would be an 8 win football team with National Championship talent. He is slowly proving me wrong...
He has outcoached many coaches in this league. Not every game mind you. He’s a bit…inconsistent. Has had Saban against the wall a few times. Their talent level and their defense has made every game tough. Even the National Championship last year. We didn't scored a TD till the end. 5 FGs if I remember correctly. If our defense didn't play an AMAZING game, it would have been much closer. He looked so lost on the sidelines.
Saban is not the greatest X's and O's coach in the business. But he is pretty darn good and the greatest HEAD Coach in the game today. His organization, recruiting, talent assessment on players and coaches is amazing (love how OC and DC come here to run our offense/defense, not to teach our players theirs-helps tremendously with continuity), and the MENTAL aspect and preparation is truly amazing! All the talent in the world can't get up every week. Most teams do it 2-3 times a year. We do it 10-12 times a year. This is where he excels.
I used to be worried about LSU getting a better coach...not so much these days. They may find a truly great coach that can beat us every other year for 4 years, but will that coach be able to hold his program together the way Miles and Saban are doing? Urban Meyer showed up in 2005 and won 2 national titles before Saban got this rolling. (even though 2008 was a great coaching job for Saban) He bowed out. Still can't believe Les didn't go to Michigan but you must commend him on taking the challenge. Understand why he didn't leave in 2007, he beat Saban and his team was playing for a NC. But two years ago? Maybe something happened in 2007 that made him not a candidate two years ago...
Les has proven he can keep the LSU juggernaut rolling, but that they have lapses like every great program, not being able to get up for some games. There is probably a 75% or higher chance that the next coach would/could be very strong in his first 3 years or so, but LSU will probably slip in recruiting, aggressiveness, defense, assistants, etc.? Less is a good coach and pretty good CEO. Wish Chavis would leave, but he always gets a top DC. If they brought in a new HOT name in coaching, they are all from out of state with little ties to the program, I think Saban would raid LA like a plague for at least 2 recruiting seasons to see how well he could erode that foundation. He tried his first 2 years here and then kind of went away from it, just focusing on key prospects.
Sometimes I wish they would take the plunge on a new coach...Could get better (that would stink BAD)...Or they could become a 7-8 win team again... a risk that every year seems to be leaning to our best interests.
OP, I had heard a similar story in May or so of last year. Didn't mention the drug part, but there was essentially an altercation either in the week before or on game day because a large part of the team did not want JJ to be the guy based on his preparation.
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