Another week means another slew of peculiar quotes from LSU coach Les Miles. This week started with some penalty-yardage arithmetic, a bit of anatomy and concluded with some jokes about freezing Mississippi State’s kicker. Here are the Mad Hatter’s best quotes from Week 3.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Temperatures are expected to hit 93 degrees by Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. kickoff between LSU and Auburn. The scorching heat could turn Death Valley into Dehydration Valley. LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva even composed a letter to fans encouraging them to stay hydrated.
But what about the players? Don’t worry, Miles has it covered.
“Yeah, hydrating at the cellular level is the new buzz word, right?” Miles asked during his press conference Monday. “In other words, you don’t want to just get it in your stomach, you want to make sure that your body can get it to the different sections. So hydrate at a cellular level, that means start early and drink plenty.”
Start early and drink plenty. Is that a nutrition tip or a tailgating motto?
Those penalties cost you how many yards?
The Tigers committed nine penalties for 95 yards during last Saturday’s win against Mississippi State. However, Miles said those infractions cost his team much more than the box score indicated.
“So we had a series of penalties that were costly,” Miles said in Monday’s press conference. “If you go back and add in the plays that were taken away based on a holding — quality calls. I’m not in any way suggesting that the calls were not quality, but it cost us 204 yards, big plays that were taken back, and 17 points.”
The math makes sense, but a play that was wiped out by a penalty isn’t incorporated in the official statistics. That being said, LSU did have a 90-yard touchdown run erased because of a holding penalty.
I didn’t mean to ice him, I swear!
Miles made sure to ice Mississippi State kicker Devon Bell not once, but twice. Miles snuck in a second timeout just before the ball was snapped to freeze Bell one more time. Bell missed the field goal badly, but Miles was worried he had just given Bell an extra opportunity to kick the game winning field goal. Miles joked that he pleaded with the officials to make Bell’s first kick count.
“You’re exactly right, because here’s what I said — I said, ‘What I’m gonna do is I’m going to affect the kicker,” Miles explained on his radio show, as reported on NOLA.com. “I wanna get inside his helmet or I’d like to have him have some negative thoughts. And, so I called timeout the first time, before he kicked, and I said, ‘You know, let’s let him kick one and see how that goes.’
“Well, he missed it, and I have to be very honest with you: I said to the official, ‘Oh, I was just teasing about the timeout. I mean, I was just teasing. Can’t we just let that go? I’m good with that one.’ But we’re fortunate that it worked out.”
Fortunately for Miles and LSU, Bell missed the next kick too.
Miles speaks highly of former Michigan teammate
Miles was asked about his former teammate, Rob Lytle, who Miles played college ball with at Michigan. Lytle, who passed away of a heart attack in 2010, played running back for the Wolverines from 1973-76 and will be honored during Michigan’s home game on Sept. 26.
Miles put his own unique spin on Lytle when asked about him during his teleconference.
“On that artificial turf they used back then, you could get scraped up pretty easily, diving, going all out,” Miles said. “Lytle was a good-sized scab a good portion of his regular season. (Michigan coach) Bo (Schembechler) loved a guy who would fight you from the first minute to the last and that was Rob Lytle.”
Les drops a double negative
Miles has answered many questions about the offense and quarterback Brandon Harris this week. Miles gave a confusing answer when asked if the sophomore QB would pass more often against Auburn.
“I would not be surprised if he didn’t throw more times,” Miles said on his radio show.
Double negative! He was trying to say he would not be surprised if Harris threw more Saturday, but give him a break, he’s trying to run a perennial college football program.
Miles, asked if Harris will throw more: "I would not be surprised if he didn't throw more times." #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) September 17, 2015