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UGA’s Richt Takes Part In… Well… See For Yourself

Has Georgia coach Mark Richt gone Les Miles on everyone?  LSU’s highly successful coach has never had much problem taking part in videos and clips that allow folks to laugh at his expense.  Good for him.

Well now Richt has let loose, too.  Already famous for his work on the high dive, UGA’s coach takes part in a music video for a song called “Dawg Bite.”  The song was released last year, but the video is apparently new.

So why would Richt get involved?  Because his son, David Richt, is the young man behind the song.  Country rapper — yep, you read that right — Colt Ford also takes part:

 

Dawg Bite (VIVA LA STOOL)

 

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LSU’s Miles Has No Problem With Early Departures

les-miles-hands-up-questionNo school had ever lost 11 underclassmen to the NFL draft.  Not until this past winter when 11 LSU Tigers told head coach Les Miles they would be making the jump to the professional ranks, that is.

Quite naturally, the coach has tried to turn that negative into a positive… on the recruiting trail:

 

“The situation is a reality in our program.  We did a great job developing our guys, and investing in them.  And what’s happening is that three-and-outs are reality.  We’re going to have to enjoy the success that those guys can have in three and out.

I still believe that there are opportunities (for players to return) to raise their draft status.  The two pieces to whether you stay is whether you raise your draft status and the opportunity to make it and stay in the NFL.  To me, when you’re ideally placed to be drafted high and to be in a position where you have to find your worth and your abilities but you will make a team — those guys are really welcome to leave (school) and, in many instances, will.”

 

Cut through the standard Miles doubletalk and you’ll easily grasp the coach’s message to prospects — “Hey, kid, we can get you ready for the NFL lickety-split.”

Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that “some are wondering if the coach works for a university… or an NFL farm system.”  In reality, the answer is both.

Miles is aware of the current college sports landscape and he’s adapting to it, not unlike John Calipari at Kentucky.  No rules are being broken.  Heck, those who abhor the NCAA might even say Miles and LSU are helping young men break free from the bonds of Mark Emmert faster, allowing them to make money sooner.

Still, if Miles were to be honest, one would guess he’s not thrilled about having to replace so many players ahead of schedule.  Faced with that issue, however, he has to put a proper spin on it.  And he has.  So anyone upset with Miles’ comments regarding three-and-outs should first ask themselves this question: “What was Miles supposed to say?”

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LSU’s Miles Is The Latest To Do The Harlem Shake

It’s was only a matter of time until this happened…

 

LSU Football Harlem Shake

 

Last one to do the “Harlem Shake” is a rotten egg.  While we feel this particular internet fad has been played out at this point, there’s nothing wrong with football coaches like Les Miles having a little fun.  Hell, we’d pay good money to see Nick Saban do the shake with his squad, but apparently that kind of thing isn’t part of the process.

Another admission: We’d watch videos for the “Harlem Shake” infinitely more times than we’d watch the Rolling Stones’ forgettable video for their infinitely better 1986 cover version of the “Harlem Shuffle.”

 

The Rolling Stones – Harlem Shuffle – OFFICIAL PROMO

 

Then again, maybe that’s not too bad compared to this 60s cover by Vigon.

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Miles Not Worried About Underclassmen Departures At LSU

gfx - they said itJanuary has been a rough slog for LSU football fans.  One junior after another has announced his intentions to leave Baton Rouge early for a spot in the NFL draft.  The total has now reached 10 players from last year’s team, 11 if you count Tyrann Mathieu who drugged his way out of school prior to the season.

One person who’s not worried?  Les Miles.  At least that’s what he’s saying publicly:

 

“I like the state of the program.  I like the fact that we send guys to the NFL early and recruit guys with the potential to go to the NFL early…

I could go down every guy and I could tell you that the reasons are personally compelling.  Were they my decisions?  No, but frankly I understood them.

I think some guys are looking forward to having great and long pro careers and some guys are trying to optimize a lower position in a draft spot and maximize the number of years they get to be there…

Some guys think they may never be most optimally positioned for the NFL and this may be the best that they’ve got.  It may be bad, but they think it’s the best that they have.”

 

Miles also told The Baton Rouge Advocate that his staff “anticipated the departures, to a certain extent, and we recruited guys right along that we anticipate would come in and have a great opporunity to play very early and play big roles on next year’s team.

Sounds good.  But here’s guessing Miles is actually pretty frustrated by all the turnover.  How could he not be?

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Vanderbilt Victory Completes Most-Wins Season Since 1915, LSU’s Offense Disappears Late As Clemson Rallies To Win

postgame-linksVanderbilt 38 – North Carolina State 24

1. Vanderbilt forces five North Carolina State turnovers, Zac Stacy runs for 107 yards. Seventh win a row for the Commodores, at 9-4 could crack final AP poll for the first time since 1948.

2. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin: “When you get in the nine-game category,it is a completely different conversation you are in.”

3. “Good is not good enough. Franklin demands excellence.”

4. Commodores employ wildcat formation for 19-of-68 offensive plays.

5. Interception right before half proves crucial.

6. James Franking post-game news conference video.

Clemson 25 – LSU 24

7. LSU blows 11-point lead fourth-quarter lead – just 1 yard of offense in last 15 minutes as Clemson kicks game-winning field goal as time expires.

8. Clemson runs 100 plays – LSU just 48.  Zach Mettenberger sacked six times.  Les Miles: “He was under duress from the first series on.”

9. Les Miles “must take a serious look at the direction in which his offense is going, especially in its last three postseason games.”

10. Mark Bradley: “For all its success, LSU can sometimes outsmart itself, which is to say that LSU can leave you wondering if it knows what it’s doing.”

11. Jeff Duncan: “Bowl games are supposed to be a reward. This was cruel and unusual punishment.”

12. Les Miles post-game news conference video.

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WOW Headlines – 12/22/12

Vanderbilt lost to MTSU 56-52 in Nashville on Friday night
Tennessee took down Western Carolina 66-52 in Knoxville on Friday night
There are 12 games on the SEC basketball schedule today and tonight
Kentucky coach John Calipari is using a “really interesting, outside the box” training regimen with his team
Alabama OT D.J. Fluker says his teammates called him out during the season, leading to his improvement
Les Miles says his LSU team is “itching to get home for Christmas” and off the practice field
Mississippi State fans aren’t buying up Gator Bowl tickets as quickly as they did two years ago
Ole Miss juniors CB Charles Sawyer and RB Jeff Scott have asked for their NFL draft grades
An anonymous donor has made a $6.4 million gift to the Missouri athletic department
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Then And Now: Five SEC Coaches Will Have To Live With High School Photos Going Public

There’s only one thing in the world worse than someone stumbling across your old high school annual.  That’s someone taking your photo from your old high school annual and posting it online for all to see.

Five SEC football coaches are dealing with that very thing today after USA Today’s High School Sports site found and then posted photos from their high school days.  If you’re interested in seeing additional coaches from non-SEC schools — like Bill Snyder playing ball in a leather helmet (joke) — click right here.

If you just want to see the SEC coaches’ mugs, see below, starting with a pre-hat Les Miles.  “The Mad Unitarder.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Les Miles Gets A Raise And A Contract Extension

Forget the Les Miles to Arkansas talk.  The LSU football coach will receive an increase in salary and a contract extension following the bowl game, the school announced today.

Details of the contract are still in the negotiation phase.

Miles has an 85-20 record in eight years at LSU.

Miles described the Arkansas issue as a “sincere one” indicating a friendship with Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long.  He said he did not speak to Jerry Jones.  Also said the published reports about the amount of money that Arkansas offered were not correct.

Miles said his family is “awfully comfortable in south Louisiana” and with four kids headed to college, he needed a raise.

 

 

 

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LSU Hangs On To Beat Arkansas

LSU 20 – Arkansas 13

1. Tigers get big plays when it counts.

2. Catch of the year by Jarvis Landry? LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger“It’s got to be No. 1 on ESPN’s top 10 for sure. If it’s not, I’m going to write a letter to the people in Bristol.”

3. Video of Landry’s one-handed touchdown catch.

4. Les Miles on his team’s struggles at times: “It’s aggravating to me.”

5. With fourth down and goal inside the one-yard line, Arkansas elects to kick field goal trailing 17-10 in the fourth quarter.  John L. Smith: ”We have to score twice to win it.  So you take it there.  We have to take the sure points.  That was the thought.”

6. Arkansas finishes 4-8 – most disappointing season in Razorbacks history.

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WOW Headlines – 11/20/12

An Arkansas TV station is reporting that ESPN analyst Jon Gruden has been offered the Arkansas head coaching job
Arkansas State’s Gus Malzahn wouldn’t comment on the possibility of landing the head coaching job at Auburn if Gene Chizik is fired
Texas A&M LB Michael Richardson is out of the hospital after having surgery to repair a cervical spine injury sufferend during last weekend’s game
Les Miles has apologized for using a four-letter word during his postgame press conference at LSU on Saturday
Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans are prank calling the opposing team’s quarterback heading into Saturday’s Egg Bowl game
Florida’s Will Muschamp says QB Jeff Driskel will play Saturday against Florida State
Missouri QB James Franklin is questionable for Saturday’s game with Texas A&M
Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson will return from a one-game suspension
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