Les Miles and the geography of tradition

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.

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15 responses to “Les Miles and the geography of tradition

  1. fetch

    “I mean, Florida isn’t even a nearby state.”

    I think Less needs a geography lesson. UF may not be near LSU, bur Florida is a nearby state! Less than 100 miles separates the state lines of Lousianna and Florida. How nearby does the state need to be?

    • There’s a part of me that wishes Slive would call Miles and Spurrier into a meeting and tell them he’s sympathetic to their complaints and in response has decided to adopt a nine-game conference schedule.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        There’s a part of me that wishes Slive would call Miles and Spurrier into a meeting and tell the that all their whining is counterproductive to the best interests of the SEC which, after all, is the biggest source of their $$$ and to STFU.

      • reipar

        Funny, but I had the same reaction when I was reading these stories. My take was how great would it be for the push back against keeping perm rivals result in the bosses once again voting against the coaches. This time they decide fine since we cannot get agreement on 6-1-1 we will switch to 6-2-1 and watch Les squirm. He keeps the perm opp and adds another conference game.

    • Dog in Fla

      “Less than 100 miles separates the state lines of Lousiana and Florida.”

      This means there Les Miles between Lousiana and Florida.

  2. Spike

    Not a close state? And Arkansas and South Carolina are? Missouri and Georgia? What the hell is he talking about?

    • shane#1

      Hey, it’s Les Miles, give him a break. Who knows, he probably looked at a clock and got bumfuzzeled.

  3. Gravidy

    Something tells me the distance between the two states gets downright miniscule when he’s whispering sweet nothings into the ears of those five star recruits from Florida…

  4. JasonC

    If LSU wants to play the “it’s not fair” game and have a soft schedule maybe they can join the Big East or Mountain West/WAC.