Yesterday, Les Miles said on ESPN radio that the story of dismissed — for this season — star Tyrann Mathieu might have a happy ending. Most took that to mean that Mathieu could possibly return to LSU next season. Having spent 20 years listening to coachspeak, that’s certainly how it sounded to me.
But Miles was asked to clarify his remarks yesterday and he did so as only the Tigers’ coach could:
“Everybody seems to have picked on that phrase. The only thing that I can tell you is for me, to get your degree, that you handle your business, get your life in order and you go do the things you want to do. I can’t imagine he won’t have a great post-college career at whatever he would decide to do.
I am in no way presupposing football. That’s not something I’m visioning at this point. I just want to look at my team and do the things that will make this team ready to play Saturday at Florida.”
Miles may not be presupposing or visioning football, but I’ll still go out on that limb and say if Mathieu takes care of his off-field business and wants to return to Baton Rouge to play ball in 2013… he’ll be allowed to do so. And I think that’s a pretty safe, short, stout limb to climb out onto, by the way.