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LSU’s Miles Shows Class By Taking Knee Vs UM

In case you missed the following on Saturday night, it’s worth a look.  Because there aren’t going to be too many times when you see a team take a knee… with five minutes still remaining in the game.

With a first-and-goal at the one and leading 52-3 with five to play, Les Miles had his team kneel down on four consecutive plays, rather than run the score up further on Houston Nutt and the Rebels.

But by trying to show mercy, Miles only opened himself up for criticism.  Some — including the color analyst during ESPN’s broadcast — found Miles’ decision insulting to Ole Miss.

Of course, if Miles and the Tigers had stuck in another one on the Rebs, they would have been criticized for running up the score.

Miles said after the game that “victory was assured, there was no reason to take snaps at that point.”

Nutt — who looked a bit bewildered when it happened — credited Miles for trying to be a good sport.  “That’s the first time that happened to me.  Les is just trying to be nice right there.  I appreciate it but either way it doesn’t make you feel good. … He’s a good man.  He understands.”

Those who’ve criticized Miles do not understand.  He was in a lose-lose situation.  Anyone trying to make a mountain out of this mole hill is simply looking for column content.

Miles tried to show class.  A tip of the hat — pun intended — to him for that.  And if Rebel players were somehow disrespected by a team taking a knee, well, best to not let the other team get up by 49 points with five minutes to play.

 


15 comments
balls
balls

umm did you not know mettenberger isnt the starting qb

Stan
Stan

He should have put in his non-starters & let them play.

Farmy75
Farmy75

The anti Ole Ball Coach

Vicious Dawg
Vicious Dawg

I agree Miles did the classy thing in not trying to run up the score. This proves why we are ALL proud to be a SEC fan and not like the Little 12

Tiger Bob
Tiger Bob

Last year Bret Bielema Wisconsin coach went for two against a hapless Minnesota team . The firestorm that followed lasted two weeks.The most classless act I've seen in college football IMO . Les Miles should be commended for not being just such a butthead.

Bulldog
Bulldog

I haven't always been a Les Miles fan, but he is winning me over. He seems to finally be letting his coaches coach..still not sure I'd feel comfortable with clock management late in a close game, but he is a classy guy and a good family man.

Mark Carter
Mark Carter

I would agree it was a classy move if he hadn't tried to score on a naked bootleg the previous play that got 'em down to the 1 in the first place. He should have been running up the middle with scrubs every play by then. As is, it was rubbing it in more than another TD would have.

john
john

he was in a tough spot but prolly wouldve been better just to put the walk ons in and run in it up the middle. I respect what he was trying to do.

RebelReality
RebelReality

I personally would have rather he went on and scored another TD. At least the Rebels would have some motivation next season, something to remember for a long time, something that will make them play harder to never be in that position again. But then again, I guess being insulted this way can also be that same motivation. You knew the Rebels had just quit when LSU ran a bootleg with no problems.

Wes
Wes

1n 1979, a Steve Sloan led Ole Miss took pity on a winless George MacIntyre team and took a knee at the Vandy 1 rather than putting 70 up on them. I guess what comes around goes around in good ways as well.

Klesko4MVP
Klesko4MVP

Classy is putting in all of your subs but still trying to run some basic plays ... classy is taking your starters out in the 3rd quarter when you know you have the game in hand ... taking a knee and insulting your opponent by saying that you do not even have to make an effort to keep the game respectable at the end is not what I would call class. If you are going to support taking a knee to give the ball back to your opponent, why not just take the ball and run it all the way down to the other team's end zone to score for them?

Chris
Chris

It is a bit insulting. IMO only reason to do it is to avoid possible injuries which may be a legit reason.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Mark Carter...

GeoffDawg beat me to it... that was a check by Mettenberger.

John

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

That wasn't a coaching call. Mettenberger checked out of the called play into the bootleg.



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