Is Jeremy Hill playing vs. TCU? Les Miles hush on the RB’s status

Photo: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports.

Photo: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports.

Jeremy Hill spent the entire summer on indefinite suspension from the LSU football program after he sucker punched someone outside of a bar late at night in Baton Rouge. After the star running back was sentenced to probation and community service – no jail time – coach Les Miles put Hill’s potential reinstatement up to a team vote.

The rest of the Tigers overwhelmingly voted Hill back onto the squad. The method of dispensing punishment did not exactly impress TCU coach Gary Patterson, who believed Miles should have taken a more proactive approach in at least announcing a suspension, instead of simply letting the team to decide to vote one of their best players back into the fold.

Of course, Patterson has a vested interest in such a suspension, seeing as his Horned Frogs squad take on LSU in AT&T Stadium in Dallas to open the season. That being said, it looks like Miles may actually be agreeing with his opponent.

That is a speculative statement, but the truth of the matter is Hill is buried deep in the depth chart at the moment. Senior Alfred Blue is listed as the starter with Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee backing him up.

Finally, the kicker: When asked specifically whether or not Hill would be making the trip to Dallas, Miles answered that he “wouldn’t be surprised” to see him there.

As the head coach of a multi-million dollar intercollegiate program, Les Miles knows exactly who is going where, what they’re doing, and when it’s all happening.

It’s not as if Hill can just hop on the team bus, chill at the hotel, then show up in the locker room and give Miles a high-five. There’s a reason why Miles is remaining vague on the subject.

Whether that means good news for Hill or even better for TCU remains to be seen. Luckily, we don’t have too much longer until we find out.

Watch video of Jeremy Hill’s punch that resulted in battery charges