There is not a better pairing of program and coach in all of college football (and possibly all of sports) than Les Miles and LSU.
Not Urban and OSU, not Saban and Bama, not even Kliff at his alma mater TTU.
Miles has the perfect amount of quirkiness that meshes so beautifully with the charm of Baton Rouge. Folks down on the bayou are a different breed, just as Miles isn’t your typical ball coach. It’s a humble fanaticism that is difficult to explain, but palpable the second you pass state lines into the enigma that is Louisiana.
That’s why, on the cusp of his 10th season with the Tigers, Miles’ love letter to Baton Rouge is perfect. He gets it. There’s a reason he didn’t take the Michigan job way back when, and why he’s so beloved nowadays. Some things are just meant to be.
Dear Baton Rouge,
It’s hard to believe that it’s now been nearly 10 years that my family has called you home. We have come to love everything about this wonderful city and state. From the food, the people, and of course LSU, I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
I have watched my four children grow up here and Kathy and I have been honored and proud to have been part of such a great community. Whether it’s been on the soccer field, swimming pool or baseball diamond, my kids have had great opportunities growing up here. They’ve made friendships and created memories that will last a lifetime and for that, I’m grateful.
As the head football coach at LSU, I’m fortunate to represent a great university and coach outstanding young men who are passionate about their school and their football.
You have also allowed me the opportunity to coach in what is the finest college football town in America. There’s nothing like a Saturday in the fall on the LSU campus, especially when it’s a night game in Tiger Stadium. With the sun setting in the Western Sky and “Calling Baton Rouge” playing during pre-game to get the crowd into a frenzy, there’s no better place than Tiger Stadium.
So, thank you Baton Rouge, for being such a unique and wonderful place. It’s truly an honor to call you home.
LSU Head Coach
Miles penned the note for The Huffington Post’s Wednesday Travel section.