The regular season came to a close Saturday and boy, did it end in exciting fashion. LSU finally set the rumors straight after an emotional win against Texas A&M: Les Miles will not be fired and will keep coaching the Tigers.
The drama in Baton Rouge, La., highlights this week’s best SEC quotes. Let’s see what the conference’s players and coaches had to say after their respective games. We’ll start with Mr. Miles himself.
- Miles: “Now I know what it’s like to ride an elephant because it scares you to death and you just pray that you can hang onto the ears because there’s just not much to grab onto. I was thrilled. I was touched.”
- LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva: “Les Miles is our football coach and he’ll continue to be our football coach … We’re going to go forward together and win championships here at LSU.”
Alleva took the podium just minutes after the game to make the announcement.
- Bleacher Report national football columnist Bryan Fischer: “Ain’t nothing like a good Louisiana political drama.”
After the game, opinions were swirling and the national media took to Twitter to share their reactions.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, it was all smiles for Alabama and the Crimson Tide, who clinched the SEC West on Saturday with a win against Auburn.
- Alabama star running back Derrick Henry: “Coach, I’m good. I’m gonna win this game.”
Henry had 46 carries for 271 total yards as he cemented his name in the Alabama record books.
- Alabama coach Nick Saban: “I can’t tell you how proud I am.”
The Crimson Tide will face Florida in Atlanta for the SEC championship game.
Auburn, on the other hand, was left feeling defeated and confused after the annual rivalry.
- Auburn running back Peyton Barber: “Don’t get me wrong, they’re (Alabama) a great defense, a great team. But I don’t feel like they were the better team.”
Watch what coach Gus Malzahn said in his press conference following the loss.
Florida suspended wide receiver Demarcus Robinson hours before the Gators took on Florida State on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.
- Florida coach Jim McElwain on the suspension: “Are any of you surprised?”
How’s that for honesty?
We’ll give the final word to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, who also gets an “A” for honesty Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats fell to Louisville to end the regular season, marking the fifth straight year Kentucky missed bowl eligibility.
- Stoops: “Five wins isn’t good enough and I’m tired of the woulda, coulda, shoulda’s.”