One of the SEC's heavy hitters just wrapped up his afternoon session at Media Days. Here are the major takeaways from the media's Q&A with LSU's Les Miles:
* Miles opened with his usual long monologue. First came his statement that summer is over and SEC Media Days signals we're "getting ready to get ready" for football season." Miles then went through what he and each of his kids are doing or have done this summer. Really. As the clock continued to roll -- remember, the more he vamps, the fewer questions he takes -- he began to run through LSU's roster position by position and player by player. That's no exaggeration. Seemingly everyone got a mention...
* And everyone got high praise. Miles isn't going to use youth as an excuse. If he wanted to lower fan expectations after losing "a senior and junior class" to the NFL, he sure didn't show it. "We're a team that's really on the cusp of an opportunity to win championships," he said before adding that the Tigers' three losses last season had much to do with turnovers. "We're a program that achieves," he said. And then regarding preseason predictions: "Don't bother us. We don't care. We just want to work... I like us and I like in every game." The man doesn't lack confidence.
* Miles on an expanded Tiger Stadium that now seats 102,000-plus: "If you thought we were loud before, we just got louder."
* LSU's 10th year coach did say that "we'd like to have those (early departees) back." Then he drew laughs by joking, "I keep approaching the NFL to see if we can draft some of our guys back."
* Miles was asked about incoming hotshot running back Leornard Fournette and he made one hell of a comparison, saying Fournette has a "quiet confidence" like Michael Jordan. Huge talk. But he did say LSU would continue to rotate backs and play the guy with the freshest legs (which is really a necessity for everyone across the SEC at this point).
* The Tiger coach believes the new playoff format "is a quality attempt" at a playoff, but that the size of the field will eventually grow. Also, "it will be equally kind to the SEC" when compared to the BCS. Miles said it would be "shortsighted" for the selection panel not to include one or two SEC teams each season.
* While admitting that both of his quarterbacks can run, Miles pointed out that Zach Mettenberger didn't run the ball much last year. Meaning: Just because the new QBs can run, doesn't mean Cam Cameron will be calling a lot of quarterback runs from the sideline. Good answer.
* Miles was asked the key to longevity and he said it starts with having a great school to call home. At LSU he has everything he needs to recruit top student-athletes. "I recognize how fortunate I've been to be at LSU. (Also) if you're a guy who doesn't spend time on where you're ranked and you're a guy who spends time on how to coach 'em, how to get 'em better, I think that's an advantage."
* Kirk Bohls of The Austin American-Statesman is clearly working on a good piece for his paper (website). The longtime columnist cited Texas A&M's successful recruiting in the Lone Star State, he pointed to LSU's opening game in Houston (against Wisconsin), and then finally he mentioned the Alabama/USC game scheduled for Arlington in 2016. The gist of his question: Is the SEC taking over the state of Texas? Miles answer: "I think our conference is a conference of choice. I think there's an opportunity for the best players to want to play in our conference. I coached in the Big 12 conference and I recognized the great advantages of Texas. But if you as a high school athlete want to play against the very best, we can make that argument in the SEC." So, yes, in only two years the SEC is taking over the state of Texas.
* A good showing by LSU's longtime coach today. Hard not to like the guy. And the big plus -- no crying about having to play Florida.