Bayou Bengal Briefing: How would LSU football fans feel if Les Miles went to Ole Miss?
Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today, we vent our feelings on Les Miles, catch up with the recruits, reflect on tragedy and more. Enjoy!
It’s inevitable. Miles, a former LSU football coach and amateur meteorologist, will be connected to each and every major coaching opening until he either takes a job or announces his intent to quit trying.
But the Miles-to-Ole-Miss rumors started churning awfully quick. And Miles has expressed interest in taking over in Oxford, even given the uncertainty the Rebels are about to face. The match makes sense, given that Miles has a strong reputation as a recruiter and generally ran a clean program. Not to mention that winning nine or 10 games a year at Ole Miss is a lot more acceptable than it is at LSU.
Still, that’s an awfully tough pill to swallow for LSU and Ole Miss fans alike. Miles was 7-4 in the Magnolia Bowl, including an upset victory over a then-undefeated Ole Miss team in 2014, a fact Ole Miss fans won’t soon forget. And, of course, LSU fans won’t take too kindly to seeing a coach that brought the school a championship wearing a hat and chewing grass in a rival SEC West school.
The whole situation just feels incestuous in a way. But I’m wondering what your thoughts are. Segue!
Your weekly LSU football poll question
Obviously, nothing is set in stone yet. But if Miles were to become the head coach at Ole Miss, how would you feel about it? Vote in the poll below. We’ll discuss your responses in the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Tuesday.
Checkin’ in with the ‘croots
In a decision that shocked many, priority LSU wide receiver target Ja’Marr Chase committed to rival Florida on Sunday night. For quite a while, Chase had maintained that his decision was going to be between LSU and TCU. But after taking an unofficial visit to Gainesville, Fla., Chase opted for the Gators.
Keen thinkers and hardcore recruiting fans might remember that Chase was supposed to commit live on the NFL Network during The Opening but was bumped for time. At the time of that scheduled commitment, LSU and TCU were the only schools on Chase’s radar. But he rethought his process and came out wearing blue and orange.
Where does this leave LSU? SEC Country recruiting guru Sam Spiegelman has a long list of targets for you to examine. The biggest name of the bunch is 5-star prospect Terrace Marshall, the top-rated player in Louisiana. If recruiting rankings are accurate (they often aren’t), snagging Marshall will make Tigers fans forget all about Chase.
Reflecting on the sadness
Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the car accident that killed former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler and former Nebraska punter Sam Foltz. As the story goes, Sadler was driving the car and Foltz was in the front seat. In the backseat sat then-LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye.
One year later, Delahoussaye recounted the events to Sean Keeler of Land Of 10. (Full disclosure: SEC Country and Land of 10 are operated under the same umbrella.) Delahoussaye was back at the Kohl’s Specialists Camp this week, the same place he was at the time of the accident last year.
If you haven’t read Sean’s story, I highly suggest you do. It’s both heartwarming and deeply saddening. When you have a couple of free minutes, give it a read.
In very different kicker news
Tom Green at AL.com spoke to Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson about his team’s game against the LSU last season. You know the one. The one where Carlson made 6 field goals to score all 18 of Auburn’s points and LSU was half-a-second away from scoring a game-winning touchdown and ultimately ended with Miles becoming fired.
If you have the heart, go ahead and read the kid’s quotes. And just remember: If Carlson didn’t make those kicks, there’s a pretty good chance that Ed Orgeron isn’t the LSU football coach right now. Think about it.
Elsewhere on SEC Country
With just one week left until the LSU football team begins fall camp, we at SEC Country are previewing the season position by position. Most recently, Alex Hickey broke down the strengths and weaknesses of the LSU offensive line, beginning with center Will Clapp and working outward.
As with all of our position previews, there’s a poll in there where you can vote on how confident you are in the group. We’ll resume our previews Monday afternoon with a look at the defensive line. Keep an eye out.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Monday is “National Cousins Day.” So, if you have cousins, reach out to them and check on how they’re doing Monday. Because cousins are cool, right?
And on the off chance that you have cousins you’ve never met before, try to meet them Monday. Because sometimes you get situations like this one.
Thus ends the longest streak without an Arrested Development reference in the history of the Bayou Bengal Briefing. We did it.
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