Leading up to the 2007 SEC Championship Game, all the talk was centered around the future of LSU head coach Les Miles and whether or not he would be leaving to take the same job at his alma mater Michigan.
The rumors were so rampant that Miles had to give a declarative answer prior to kickoff.
“Everybody was saying that I am going to be the head football coach at the University of Michigan, that they’re going to take me, by plane, on Monday … I am already planning to arrive, and this is done” Miles said on his podcast Les is More.
This news did not sit well with Tigers players, and that was trouble for Miles.
“So now I have a problem with my team, and certainly I did not want the fans to think that … oh, that dirty, rotten dog is going to take a job and leave!”
Miles did what he had to do, assuring everyone that he would still be the coach at LSU for quite some time, and that the upcoming game was the most important part to concentrate on right now.
“I stepped in front of the media and told them, simply put, that this is about these Tigers, and I’m not going anywhere, and that I’m home.”
The Tigers went out and beat Tennessee 21-14, earning a spot in the BCS National Championship Game in which they defeated Ohio State 38-24. For Miles, it was great to see how the players reacted to the press conference.
“I enjoyed the fact that that team responded so well to that. Understand: that put us in the position that allowed us to play for the national title.”