For Les Miles, I recommend the "Ohio State suspension." Modeled after (ex-)Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel's model, the OSU suspension would allow Jefferson and the others to play against Oregon, then serve suspensions against Northwestern State, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, and Ole Miss. That makes perfect sense, right?
After a week of questions, a couple of big ones was answered last Friday — LSU starting senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson was arrested and charged with second degree battery. That’s a felony charge for his involvement in a Baton Rouge bar fight two weeks ago.
Soon after Jefferson’s arrests, Miles suspended his quarterback and fellow-arrestee, linebacker Josh Johns.
But many more questions remain unanswered. Jefferson’s case can still play out in a number of ways, including:
* Miles could decide to “un-suspend” his QB before his case goes to trial. The coach, however, says that won’t happen “unless we had further information.” Still, he hasn’t ruled it out as a possibility.
* The case could come to some form of quick, unexpected resolution — new evidence clears Jefferson, charges are dropped on some technicality, or Jefferson reaches a very-good-for-him type of plea agreement. All in short time. Unlikely, but possible.
* The whole matter could be taken out of Miles’ hands if the university suspends or expels Jefferson for violating code of conduct clauses in the LSU student handbook. The school doesn’t have to wait for a court decision to rule in such matters. It’s unlikely Jefferson would get the boot — pun intended, considering what he’s accused of — but as with the other possibilities, this can’t be ruled out.
Glenn Guilbeau of The Shreveport Times lays out one other option for Miles and Jefferson today. And it’s likely not what Tiger fans were wanting to hear — the senior still has a redshirt year available.
“Yeah, I’ve not crossed that bridge just yet, but that’s a very, very interesting piece,” Miles said. (Listen closely and you can hear the groans of thousands of fans already fed up with Jefferson emanating from The Bayou.)
In the minds of many Tiger fans, the Zach Mettenberger era can not begin quickly enough. So the idea of Jefferson — a player who Miles clearly likes — returning for another year in 2012 might be the least popular possibility on the board.