LSU coach Les Miles gave us plenty of stories this week leading into his team’s contest with Syracuse. Miles misinterpreted Syracuse’s home field advantage and reminisced a bit about Jim Brown and Yogi Berra. There’s even a flashback to something many can relate to: Thanksgiving family football games.
Your foot was definitely across the line of scrimmage!
Ever have that moment during backyard football when you thought you threw the game-winning touchdown, but it was negated because you threw the ball after your foot was across the scrimmage? No? What do you mean there’s no such thing as a “real” line of scrimmage in a backyard football game? Don’t let Miles know that.
Miles was asked about his thoughts on the rule that a pass is legal as long as part of the quarterback’s body is behind the line of scrimmage. This call sparked some controversy in the Ole Miss-Alabama game last Saturday. Miles said that he always thought the pass was illegal if any part of the quarterback’s body exceeded the line of scrimmage. He even used a throwback as an example.
“If you’re playing backyard football, you’re across the line (when) you put your foot on the line,” Miles said during his weekly teleconference. “Every time that a guy on a Thanksgiving Saturday rolls out with the stocking gloves playing in the snow that … when you see that line of scrimmage, you’re done.”
Either we’re all cheating, or the Miles family hired an NFL official for its annual Turkey Bowl. By the way, stocking gloves put great spin on the ball, Les.
You aren’t playing Syracuse in basketball, Les
Miles had some great things to say about Syracuse, emphasizing the fact that it has a wonderful law school. Less wonderful than the law school is the environment at its football games. But Miles is expecting the type of crowd Alabama would provide at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Miles expects Syracuse to have the “biggest, loudest, aggressive away stadium,” according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
Perhaps Miles has been watching more Syracuse basketball games than football games, but the Orange drew only 27,949 people at last weekend’s game at the Carrier Dome. That attendance should increase with a powerhouse program entering the building, but it’s safe to say the enthusiasm won’t quite reach SEC levels.
Jim Brown did what?
Miles conveyed his admiration for former Syracuse running back Jim Brown throughout the week, but this quote was definitely the most intriguing.
“I was a Jim Brown fan,” Miles told the media Monday. “I just thought he hung the moon, and if he didn’t, I want to know who did.”
Miles was four years old when Brown started in the NFL and was 12 when he retired. He can definitely say he grew up watching Brown. But to answer his question, nobody hung the moon.
“I was a Yankees fan”
Miles started his Wednesday press conference by mentioning Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees catcher and baseball legend who passed away Tuesday night. He mentioned his fandom of the Yankees and gave some life lessons at the end of his tribute.
“I was young enough to envision his catching,” Miles said, according to The Advocate. “He was a great coach, just all he was. I’m a Yankees fan. It’s a shame that life is too short. It’s rich that way. It’s important than in the time you spend, you get a lot accomplished.”
Miles says teenage cancer patient is a hero
Miles was asked about Sid Ortis, a teenager battling cancer during his teleconference on Wednesday. Miles had plenty of wonderful things to say about Ortis, who attended last week’s win over Auburn in the coaches’ box as Miles’ guest.
“He’s a fighter and a very, very quality man,” Miles said on the SEC teleconference. “I was fortunate to have him at the game and go over there during pregame and spend a moment with him. He’s a hero. That guy right there is very special.”
Miles says #LSU expects the Cuse crowd to be "biggest loudest, aggressive away stadium."
— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) September 21, 2015
Les Miles opens his Wednesday presser by discussing Yogi Berra's passing. I kinda think of Les as the Yogi Berra of college football.
— David Ching (@ESPNChing) September 23, 2015