As with so many things Les Miles says, it’s hard to tell whether he’s being a smartass or just smart when he discusses his displeasure with LSU having Florida as its permanent cross-division partner/rival.
“This is all based on some vague tradition that is not considering that you’re adding teams to the conference,” he said. “Tell me about the tradition of the conference when you add teams to it.
“I mean, Florida isn’t even a nearby state. This tradition of rivalry is the fact that we enjoy playing them.”
Wait a minute… if you enjoy playing them, then why do you want to do away with… oh, never mind.
If Miles is complaining specifically about his game, well, okay. Although his “adding teams to the conference” rationale doesn’t make much sense in that there were unbalanced rivalries/pairings before expansion when he didn’t object and the two new schools aren’t exactly patsies. But there’s so much “it’s not fair!” whining going on these days you can hardly blame the man for his share. However, if he’s dissing “the tradition of the conference” as a whole, The Hat can go screw himself.
It’s not like we fans were clamoring for conference expansion. That’s come about solely as a result of the chase for the almighty dollar. And that’s a chase that benefits Les Miles a helluva lot more than it does me. So if you’ve got a problem with SEC tradition, Les, kindly keep it to yourself.