Danielson says "you never know for sure" that he was pointing at Miles. I don't think he was pointing at Miles.
With five minutes remaining in 41-17 beatdown on Saturday, Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino didn’t take too kindly to Les Miles sticking the final three points on the board with a 37-yard field goal attempt. The fact that the Tigers led 38-17 and had starter Jordan Jefferson pass on five of seven plays to get into field goal range likely played some role in his disgust as well.
Petrino’s message to Miles from across the field was caught by CBS cameras and, well, if you can read lips it’s not hard to figure out what he had to say:
After the game, Miles tried to speak with Petrino, but the Razorback coach wanted no part of that conversation:
Now one could easily defend Miles for trying to put more points on the board. His squad is playing for a slot in the BCS title game and style points might count to the human voters.
But Miles needs no defending. A week earlier he took his foot off the gas and had his team kneel four times at the Ole Miss five-yard-line with five minutes to play. He was ripped for that move, as well, so perhaps this time he decided to err on the side of running it up.
Or perhaps Miles fears Arkansas a bit more than Ole Miss when it comes to the recruiting trail. The Hogs have reached the 10-win plateau two years in a row at this point. Perhaps LSU’s coach wanted to show recruits the difference between his squad and Petrino’s.
Whatever Miles’ motivation, Petrino was in the wrong. Mainly because Petrino hasn’t exactly been Bobby the Lenient this year, either:
51-7 over Missouri State — five of last 13 plays were passes
52-3 over New Mexico — scored last TD up 45-3 with 4:28 to play
38-14 over Auburn — scored last TD up 31-14 with 5:50 to play on pass from starting QB
44-28 over South Carolina — scored last TD up 37-28 with 4:07 to play
49-7 over Tennessee — scored last TD up 42-7 with 6:37 to play
44-17 over Mississippi State — scored last TD up 37-10 with 3:20 to play
Petrino has done a fantastic job in Fayetteville and he’s turned the Razorbacks into a national power. But he’s no longer at Louisville. Sure, he can still win big with his potent offense, but he’ll need to field a top-flight defense if he ever wants to win an SEC championship. Until he gets himself one of those, it’s likely he’ll continue to find himself in situations like the one that so riled him up on Saturday.