The week of SEC Media Days is in full swing, but Les Miles — the conference’s clean-up hitter behind the microphone — has yet to even take the plate.
Trying to predict what Miles might say, do or even eat the annual Q&A marathon is a lot like HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” When it comes to anticipating what’ll happen next, your guess is as good as mine.
LSU’s head coach will take the podium on Thursday. So what should we expect from Miles as he steps onto the stage in Hoover, Ala.? Here are SEC Country’s three fearless predictions:
Hot seat? What hot seat?
Miles was on the verge of losing his job last November before LSU held a hastily-called press conference, during which the school announced that Miles would remain its coach.
So, will Miles address the elephant in the room — the fact that athletic director Joe Alleva was already considering his successor? Ha!
Expect Miles to shrug it off with innocent ignorance, as only The Mad Hatter could do.
A jab at the champs
There’s just so much potential for Miles when he starts fielding questions from media covering other SEC teams.
For instance, Alabama beat reporters may ask what Miles is most looking forward to when facing off against Alabama and coach Nick Saban. Come on, folks, is this not the easiest set up for Miles to break out his stand-up comedy routine?
But wait, there’s more.
There are a number of riveting storylines around the SEC we’d love to get Miles’ take on. Perhaps he has thoughts on the NCAA investigation into Ole Miss, and the alleged impermissible benefits allotted to former lineman Laremy Tunsil? Maybe Auburn’s Gus Malzahn being on the hot seat could be a source of laughter? And we’d settle for anything related to Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis.
The usual dance, but one sure-fire prediction
Miles is known for so much, but perhaps nothing rivals his propensity to dodge, dip, dive, duck and dodge around the media’s most pressing inquiries.
We expect his job security to be on the docket. Sure, there might be a question as to whether Brandon Harris is really still LSU’s starting quarterback.
But something that Miles has not shied away from dating back to the spring is LSU’s sky-high expectations in 2016. The Tigers’ longtime coach knows what he has in the 18 starters returning to the roster, and not once has Miles missed an opportunity to praise the incoming freshmen, who could also wind up securing a few important roles.
Miles is bound to express optimism about the season to come and, after what took place last fall, will likely embrace the pressure. We just want to know how the coach plans to go about doing it.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.