LSU coach Les Miles was a bit more serious than usual this week as his team prepared for a contest against Western Kentucky. The Tigers secured an emotional win over Florida last weekend and will host a dangerous Hilltoppers team Saturday. That could be the reason why Miles was a bit less jovial than normal. Miles managed to produce plenty of great quotes this week, nonetheless.
Here are the best quotes from Les Miles this week:
The Mad Hatter wants The Big Diesel
During Monday’s press conference, a comparison was offered to Miles between Leonard Fournette and former NBA center and LSU alum Shaquille O’Neal. Fournette, much like O’Neal, doesn’t get any calls on questionable hits. Miles didn’t see the similarity, but said he would love to have O’Neal play for his squad.
“Well, I’d like to have Shaquille O’Neal play defensive end for me,” Miles said. “If it was a possibility to go back and get some eligibility for a very talented athlete. Maybe even tight end. Any of those spots.”
Shaq would be a heck of a mismatch at tight end. Think Rob Gronkowski plus seven inches with less mobility. The end zone fade to Shaq would be unstoppable. Also, imagine all of the wisdom bestowed upon the public during a potential Les Miles and Shaquille O’Neal press conference.
Les discusses war strategy
Miles discovered that Western Kentucky’s mascot, the Hilltopper, was dedicated to the school’s location on a hill. He also learned the school’s red colors are based off blood from wars. That nugget of information allowed Miles to give his take on war strategy.
“Historically, in the old battles or really every battle, high land was a premium,” Miles said. “If you had your outpost on high land, I think that’s an advantage.”
General Miles, everyone.
Les is thinking championship
LSU is 6-0 and ranked fifth in the country. Miles talked on Monday about Jalen Mills’ return to the field and said his team has been thinking big after an undefeated first half of the season.
“I think Jalen Mills being back certainly will help, and I think our guys know where they’re at and recognize with some adjustment and some improvement, that we can be a team that plays for the title,” Miles said.
If LSU can finish the season unblemished, they will certainly be playing for a national title.