SEC Media Days: Why Has Les Miles Not Booted Jeremy Hill (w/ Fight Cheap Shot VIDEO)?
While Wednesday at SEC Media Days meant the conference's and college football's biggest star, Johnny Manziel, meeting with and getting grilled by (what up, Joe Tessitore?), it was yesterday's session that contained top to bottom the most star-studded agenda of the week.
Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
Not a weak sister among them, not since Vanderbilt has become relevant in the still burgeoning James Franklin Era. Hell, the Commodores even have a controversy on their hands, what with four players recently expelled from school over an alleged sexual misconduct. Vandy has arrived!
SEC! SEC! SEC!
So we had Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron deflecting questions about his role (or lack thereof) in the Manziel Dead Phone Caper. We had Bama head coach Nick Saban reminding the media, who picked the Crimson Tide in a landslide to win the conference, just how shitty their record is at picking the winner (4 of the last 17 seasons correct). We had Georgia's Mark Richt going through the now annual ritual of talking about job security.
And then there's Les.
Watching LSU head coach Les Miles at the conference's Media Days is a two-pronged must-see delight every year, part comedy with his uncanny ability to deliver a meandering response to a question on anything and part magic show, as we wonder just how in the blue hell this doofus managed to upwardly bumble his way to the top of his vocation.
Few coaches are more successful than Les Miles, and even fewer are as big a comedic enigma. The end result is a pretty likable, sometimes lucky character of a head coach, like Forrest Gump meets Bo Schembechler, a grass-eating simpleton who feels like he falls ass backwards into at least ten wins every year.
So when his press conference begins Thursday morning, and within 15 words he's already uttered the phrase "hyperbaric oxygen therapy research," we laugh. When he lists out everything he did during his summer vacation, mostly following his kids playing various sports, we nod with approval over Les the Family Man.
Les has us all eating out of his hands.
Then he lists all of the statistics relating to the success of the program. The wins (85 in eight years, best in the conference), the graduation rate (70 percentile again) and the NFL draftees (nine players drafted this past April). And for a few moments, the laughter is replaced with respect.
Then he gets to this year's players, and it doesn't take long before he gets to the running back position.
Alfred Blue is back and healthy again. Kenny Hilliard ran for 800 yards last season. Terrence Magee can be a very, very talented running back. That's all good.
And then Miles gets to running back Jeremy Hill.
If you're not familiar with Jeremy Hill, here's what you need to know -- he's the asshole in the long-sleeved purple shirt in this video: