Bayou Bengal Briefing: Reacting to Steve Spurrier’s harsh LSU football comments
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The Head Ball Coach ruffles feathers
Yep. We’ve got to talk about it.
Former Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier spoke in Louisiana on Wednesday and dropped a classic Spurrier zinger at the LSU football team’s expense, saying “You can have good ballplayers and still not win football games; all you LSU fans know about that.” This is totally in character for Spurrier, who made a career out of throwing barbs at the likes of Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State and Auburn.
But mocking LSU is new ground for Spurrier, and I can see why LSU football fans might be more than a little mad. (Don’t believe me? Read the comments on our Facebook page. They’re not pleasant.) But here’s the thing: Spurrier isn’t saying anything that LSU fans haven’t already said. Heck, the belief that LSU is more talented than its record shows is the reason Les Miles got fired.
So no, I don’t think LSU fans are angry right now because Spurrier was unjustified in saying what he did. I think Tigers fans are angry in the same way that an older brother would be if he saw his younger brother getting bullied. You can mess with your family all you want, but the second someone else starts acting the same way, it means war.
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron didn’t respond to Spurrier’s comments in his press conference Wednesday night. If I were to lay down a bet, I’d guess Orgeron hadn’t heard the comment. And if he had, he’s right not to make this bigger than it is.
It’s just Spurrier doing what he does. He’s a master of the one-liner. But his victims always recover. Well, maybe not Auburn. That line was vicious.
Speaking of former coaches …
Spurrier wasn’t the only former coach in the news Wednesday. Former LSU football coach and man who shares a nickname with Johnny Depp Les Miles returned to Twitter Wednesday promising college football coverage.
Love or hate the man, Miles has a personality. It’s not the Spurrier brand of insult comedy. But it’s a personality nonetheless. And Miles does have a unique outlook on college football as the most successful coach who’s involuntarily unemployed right now. I look forward to what he’ll have to say.
Especially since Miles is also finishing up negotiations to be on TV this fall. That’ll be appointment television. (I also advise you to click on the previous link because I’m in the photo staring through Miles’ soul. And I like to self-advertise. Speaking of which!)
Support the cause
Alex Hickey and I unveiled the first edition of our weekly LSU football video series “Sound Off” Wednesday.
We spoke for almost 20 minutes breaking down LSU’s issues on the offensive line, the emergence of a handful of notable freshmen and the depth constraints at wide receiver and in the defensive backfield. You can watch the video in full by clicking here.
You’ll get one of these videos every week throughout the football season, so keep your eyes peeled for those. And, if you wouldn’t mind, share that video so we can get some momentum a-rollin’ on our video presence. Because who wouldn’t want to see our smiling faces more?
In actual football news
Orgeron’s press conference Wednesday night wasn’t devoid of hard news. Here are three stories you might have missed:
- Freshman Aaron Moffitt is moving from defensive end to tight end.
- Wide receiver Justin Jefferson, younger brother of Jordan and Rickey, officially joined the team.
- The competition is ongoing at cornerback behind Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver.
Checking in with Brandon Harris
North Carolina beat writer for the News Observer Andrew Carter caught up with former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris, competing to win the starting job in Chapel Hill.
Asked about his time in Baton Rouge, Harris looked upon it pretty fondly, especially his moments with Miles. Harris said if Miles was recruiting him again, he’d play for him again.
But it’s also not a stretch to say that Miles’ offense hindered Harris’ development, and had he played for someone else to start his career, he could have been a more successful passer. Hence the transfer to play under UNC coach Larry Fedora, a man with a much better track record of coaching quarterbacks.
Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the article too much. Just give it a read. It’s worth it.
Well, that’s a stat
The overlap of LSU baseball fans and Houston Astros fans is quite large. So here’s a note that might satisfy two of your interests.
Former LSU shortstop and Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman is doing something quite impressive. Bregman has an extra-base hit in 10 straight games which, as Ace of MLB State Ryan Spaeder pointed out, is a rather unique streak.
#Astros Alex Bregman is the first player with ten straight games with an extra-base hit with exacly one each game since Paul O'Neill, 2001.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 10, 2017
The streak also ties an Astros record set by Richard Hidalgo in 2000. Over this streak, Bregman is hitting .378 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 8 runs scored and 13 RBI.
Bergman will try to extend the streak Thursday night against the White Sox in Chicago.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, today is “National Lazy Day.” So I’m going to start celebrating early. Column over.
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