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LSU’s Miles Says O-Coordinator Cameron Would Make “A Great Head Coach”

gfx - they said itCam Cameron has been a college head coach.  From 1997 through 2001 he tried to resurrect Indiana’s football program.  Like many before and since, he failed.

But LSU’s first-year offensive coordinator is having the kind of success in Baton Rouge that athletic directors are sure notice.  The Tigers averaged 374 yards per game last season.  This year they’re averaging just under 489.  Last year LSU averaged 29.7 points per game.  This year they’re averaging 45.5.

Improved quarterback play is one big reason for the uptick in production (bad defenses are another).  Under the tutelage of the long-time NFL assistant, Zach Mettenberger has seen his passer rating balloon from 128.34 (ninth best in the SEC last season) to 190.12 (third best in the league this season).

Add all that up and Les Miles believes his old pal is ready for another head coaching opportunity:

 

“He’s somebody that is committed to, in my mind, making LSU the best they can be.  His short-term goals are to win and win very big….

I think he’d be a great head coach in the college game or, for that matter, the pro game.  Again, right now he’s in college.  I think he sees his opportunities in college, and I think he’ll have them.”

 

Here’s guessing more than a few Tiger fans would prefer it if Miles would stop with the Cameron hype and focus instead on keeping him around.

In his five seasons at Indiana, Cameron went 18-37.  His final team went 5-6 but finished 4-4 in the Big Ten, good enough for a fourth-place tie on the standings sheet.

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SEC Conference Call: Les Miles Talks Mississippi State

LSU coach Les Miles talks Mississippi State – Week 6 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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SEC Conference Call: Les Miles Talks Georgia

LSU coach Les Miles talks Georgia – Week 5 SEC Coaches Conference Call.


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Bielema’s Contract With Arkansas Released

cartoon-man-with-bag-of-moneyThe numbers are in for first-year Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema… and they’re some pretty big numbers.  The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Bielema’s six-year deal with the Razorbacks has been finalized and it will pay him about $2.95 million per season.  An additional $700,000 per year is available via bonuses and incentives.

Bielema’s $2.95 million contract places him among the 12 highest-paid coaches in college football.  It all puts him ahead of everyone in the SEC except for Nick Saban ($5.5 million), Les Miles ($3.9 million), and Steve Spurrier ($3.6 million).

Bielema’s buyout stands at $12.8 million through the end of the 2015 season, before starting to decline.  If Bielema leaves Arkansas after this season, he’ll owe the school $3 million.  That total decreases by $500,000 per year through the life of the contract.

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SEC Conference Call: Les Miles Talks Auburn

LSU coach Les Miles talks Auburn – Week 4 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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SI.com Drops Bombshell #3 On Oklahoma State, Miles (But An Oklahoma Paper Fires Back)

les-miles-osu-capWhat?  You thought we’d forgotten the Les Miles semi-scandal because of the newer scandals at Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee?  Come now.

Sports Illustrated dropped the third installment of its investigation into the Oklahoma State football program today.  This one deals with drug use in Stillwater.  Again, several players go on the record to discuss how rampant the problem became… much of it under the watch of then-coach Miles.  Here’s an example:

 

“It is unclear when marijuana use became so pervasive that a player like (Andrew) Alexander would feel excluded for not smoking.  Andre McGill, a quarterback in 2000 and ’01, says it coincided with the arrival of Les Miles, but that is at least anecdotally false.  Players from earlier years say that marijuana was used before Miles was named coach in December 2000, though they say it increased during his tenure.”

 

Whew!  There for a second it looked like SI’s writers were going to claim Miles introduced his players to weed.

Frankly, in light of the documented evidence uncovered by Yahoo! Sports — and they really are the best thing going in sports journalism today — this SI.com piece seems a bit light.  Especially when you consider the fact that one Oklahoma paper pointed out earlier this week that most of the players who’ve gone on the record to talk about the issues at OSU left the school before their careers were up.  In other words, a lot of those doing the talking have a bone to pick with the school and/or Miles.

Last evening, The Tulsa World interviewed former Cowboy quarterback Aso Pogi about his “interview” with SI’s writers.  Turns out it was more of a hit-and-run than an interview.  At least that’s what the ex-QB says.

Meanwhile, Miles defended his running of the Oklahoma State program during yesterday’s SEC teleconference.  According to USA Today, the coach’s voice cracked while discussing his days on that campus.  “I revered my time at Stillwater,” Miles said.  He added (in vintage Miles-speak):

 

“And the idea that somebody would characterize the program that was run there as anything but right and correct… Did we work hard?  You betcha.  Did we make tough decisions about starting lineups?  You betcha.  But every guy was encouraged to get his degree, to stay the course and to fight.  And I can tell you that (former players) that were commenting on the state of the program weren’t there long enough to figure it out.  And that they heard me tell them, ‘Attend class and do the right things,’ and heard me routinely.  So, I’m going to withhold a further comment.  I can tell you that staff, families and friends and anybody that sat in our meeting rooms knew that this thing was done right.  I will hold further comment because frankly I want to get a team ready to play against a very quality Kent State, and that’s my push.  I like my practice.  I like my team.”

 

The fourth part of Sports Illustrated’s investigation will launch tomorrow

Oh, boy.

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WOW Headlines – 8/27/13

Multiple reports state that Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel had a six-hour meeting with NCAA investigators on Sunday…
It has been reported that Manziel denied allegations that he accepted payment in exchange for signing thousands of items for autograph brokers…
Texas A&M has allowed Manziel to practice through the controversy and it’s expected he will play on Saturday
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has decided on a starting for his team’s opener against Western Kentucky but he will not name the starter before the game
Florida OL Chaz Green has been lost for the season due to a torn labrum suffered in practice
Les Miles on RB Jeremy Hill who was arrested this summer and might be suspended from LSU’s opener vs TCU: “Jeremy Hill is going to sustain discipline.”
Tennessee QB Justin Worley says he was told by his coaches to “Take control of this team – it’s your team – and take this opportunity and run with it.”
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Miles Sums Up LSU-Wisconsin Games As Only He Can

gfx - they said itIf we were to put up a random quote from each of the SEC’s 14 football coaches, you would be able to pick out the quote from Les Miles with ease.  His flowery language and often odd sentence structure have even led someone to create a website featuring 641 of his best (or most bizarre) quotes.

Well yesterday, LSU’s coach briefly touched his school’s finalized deal with Wisconsin.  The Badgers and Tigers will meet at Houston’s Reliant Stadium next year with a 2016 game scheduled for Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.

 

“The Houston position is (in) a place we recruit really well.  It’s almost a home game for us, and we’ll enjoy the local venue and the Texas spotlight — the TVs and the opportunity to recruit to some of those homes in that state…

Also, what a historic venue (Lambeau Field) to have a college team go to.  There’s a quality opponent there, certainly, and (an) opportunity to go visit.”

 

Yes, the contract between the two schools will indeed provide an opportunity for LSU to go visit.

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SEC Headlines 8/9/2013

headlines-friJohnny Manziel/Autographs & Merchandise

1. Why was coach Kevin Sumlin kept out of the loop regarding a possible NCAA inquiry into Johnny Manziel?

2. So is there an active NCAA investigation into Manziel or not?

3. The Johnny Manziel “what-if” game – why would he need the money? “He doesn’t, but if the allegations are true, it’s yet another way in which the Mercedes-Benz-steering Manziel doesn’t always conform to his supposedly refined country club roots.”

4. Earl Campbell’s advice to Manziel: “The Heisman Trophy is bigger than you, Johnny.”

5. Alabama coach Nick Saban on player autographs: ”I trust our players to do the right thing.”

6. Jay Bilas pointed out the hypocrisy of how the NCAA sells player jerseys and memorabilia.  Now president Mark Emmert says the NCAA is “exiting that business.”

7. Matt Hayes: “If there’s anything worse than a clueless, rudderless NCAA, it’s a spineless, stand-for-nothing, bow-to-anything NCAA.”

SEC Football

8. Florida freshman linebacker Matt Rolin re-tore his ACL and is out for the season.  Linebacker Antonio Morrison is back in camp but not fully reinstated. Quarterback Jeff Driskel returned to practice Thursday night.

9. Les Miles responds to TCU coach Gary Patterson’s apparent comments regarding his treatment of running back Jeremy Hill: “I don’t worry about that. I coach my team.”

10. But was Patterson really talking about Hill?“I know what I said. I didn’t mention Jeremy Hill. I didn’t mention Les Miles.”

11. With senior defensive back Naz Oliver leaving Tennesse, Vols have just three remaining signees from class of 2009. Walk-on Brett Dockery leaves the team.

12. Is Tennessee football due for some good luck?

13. This is the first time a quarterback battle at Missouri has extended into the fall since Brad Smith’s freshman year in 2002.

14. New Mizzou offensive coordinator Josh Henson’s goal: Snap the ball before the 25-second play clock hits 15.

15. Could Georgia’s freshmen defensive backs be in the lineup against Clemson?

16. Having coached at North Carolina last year, South Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams is familiar with the Gamecocks’ first opponent.

17. Texas A&M  junior Cedric Ogbuehi sees an NFL advantage in moving from guard to tackle: “The money is a good difference.”

18. Nick Saban has questions about the new targeting rule. “Running back running the ball up the middle, he’s not unprotected. Is that correct?”

19. Ole Miss offensive linemen Justin Bell and Aaron Morris were high school teammates.

20. Who will back up  quartertback Austyn Carta-Samuels at Vanderbilt?

21. Sports Illustrated’s preseason All-American team features plenty of familiar SEC names.

22. Sportswriter Will Leitch has decided to move to Athens. “Georgia football is a passion here I can’t possibly understand.”

Practice Reports

23. Georgia freshman safety Tray Matthews sitting out Friday’s practice – still bothered by a shoulder sprain.

24. Weather permitting, fans will get their first look at Kentucky’s team tonight.

25. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema opens the Razorbacks Saturday scrimmage to the media and public.

26. Steve Spurrier not happy about South Carolina’s Thursday night efforts: “Pretty sorry practice tonight, it really was.” At least Spurrier was comfortable yesterday – no shoes, no shirt, no problem.

27. Mississippi State wide receivers take a step back in Thursday’s scrimmage. Dan Mullen: “A bunch of false starts, some silly penalties, a bunch of dropped passes, missed assignments, that type of stuff.”

28. Ole Miss defensive end C.J. Johnson took part in drills Thursday. He’s recovering from a broken leg.

SEC Basketball

29. Alabama starts a five-game, ten-day tour of Europe with a game on Saturday in Amsterdam.

30. Vanderbilt departs on its four-game, ten-day trip on Saturday.

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WOW Headlines – 7/23/13

Reports suggest music mogul and sports agent Jay-Z is chasing South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney as a potential client
LSU coach Les Miles on a change in playing style on offense: “I think you’ll look forward to us throwing the football.”
Tennessee will tweak its home and road uniforms this year, including an outline of the state and slight checkboard pattern in the numbers of the jerseys
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on sophomore receiver Dorial Green-Beckham: “He’s a lot different player than he was coming straight out of high school.”
Former Memphis G Antonio Barton looks to graduate in August and then transfer to Tennessee’s basketball team for his senior season
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