Please save Steve Spurrier and Les Miles for the final day of SEC Media Days. Start booking this thing like the freak show festival it has evolved into. Thanks in advance.
The Mad Hatter took the podium on Wednesday to keep people abreast on the Miles family summer vacation, the weather in Austin and, yes, a little LSU football.
Before we take a look at this year’s Media Day highlights, let’s pause for a classic Miles moment in history.
Okay, let’s geaux.
On Media Days:
The SEC Media Days are 1200 credentials and a bunch of chaos. It kind of lets you know how important the job you have is and how much you enjoy that piece.
On his cable provider:
I told Commissioner Slive in the last five minutes congratulations on Cox Cable picking up the SEC Network and the fact that there will be a bunch of people in Baton Rouge excited to watch the Tigers. I won’t have to change my cable provider.
On hating his summer vacation …
The Miles family, Smacker Miles, I took a vacation, I went to Austin, took my three children with me, so we had six, two parents and four children on that campus. It was miserable. I hated it.
… or maybe liking it:
But it was great fun. I mean, it was not a beach, it was not sand, but it was my family, and that was the best.
On the season outlook:
I like us. I like us in every game.
On Leonard Fournette:
He’s quiet. He’s not assuming. He’s humble in his approach. I think it’s exactly where he needs to be. He expects himself to be something very special. I think if you look at Michael Jordan, he could not have been coached to be Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan accepted the role of expecting him to be better than any.
On Tiger Stadium (pt. 1):
102,000 in Tiger Stadium. If you thought we were loud before, we just got louder. How fortunate it is for us to play in such a great venue.
On Tiger Stadium (pt. 2):
We like to play as home, there isn’t any question. We enjoy walking down the hill to that stadium. We enjoy the style of people that come in there that are intimately attached to our football team, and that the opponent has a very difficult time getting the ball snapped. We understand the advantages.
On coaching for LSU:
I think, first of all, you have to have a great school. I think the opportunity that we present in recruiting is, it’s a place you’re going to get your degree, you’re going to play championship football, you’re going to play one of the historic venues in college football. I think you have to have one of those. I recognize how fortunate I’ve been to be at LSU for the length of time that I have.
On the SEC Network:
We’re a society of immediacy. If you can see the coach on TV and if you can see how the practice is, you can see strength and humor, hard work, all the things that fit with the need of the 18‑year‑old college student‑athlete, I think the advantages are having that network. I think the advantages are many.
And a little more about Austin:
Oh, no, no, no. It was just not vacation. I loved it. My daughter’s doing wonderfully there. I enjoy the experience she’s having, okay? But it was not a beach. There was no hotel that I walked out and jumped into the surf.