Les Miles ready to play “bad guy” to stop Leonard Fournette media frenzy
If Leonard Fournette ever feels overwhelmed by the publicity and exposure, coach Les Miles won’t be afraid to play the bad cop.
Miles was asked during the SEC teleconference how he thought the sophomore tailback was handling the attention of being in the national spotlight as a Heisman Trophy candidate. Miles said Fournette has dealt with similar pressure in high school but he would not be afraid to shelter him from the exposure if it got out of control.
“He was a big part of high school football in our country and certainly in Louisiana so it’s not the first time he’s been through this scenario,” Miles said. “I’ve told him on a number of occasions all he has to do is tell me it’s not fun anymore, it’s too hard, and I am the bad guy. I will step in and stop the media and give him as much room as he possibly could need.”
Miles expressed that all he wants is Fournette to enjoy his college experience. Miles said all Fournette has to do is say one word and he will gladly make the publicity go away.
“I understand that they’re college students and they’re supposed to have fun going to college and being young and to experience college in a unique way,” Miles said. “If that ever changes, all Leonard has to say is ‘Coach’ and then I promise you I am very comfortably the bad guy there.”
The hype surrounding Fournette is only going to grow. He’s leading the nation with 204.4 rushing yards per game and is tied atop the country with 12 touchdowns. If that wasn’t enough, Sports Illustrated featured Fournette on its most recent cover, and his Heisman odds (currently 5:11 and the overwhelming favorite) improve each and every week.
If Fournette tells Miles that there is too much media or what have you, "I promise you I am very comfortably the bad guy there," Miles said.
— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) October 14, 2015