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Friday morning buffet

Get your feed bag on.


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Tuesday morning buffet

Lots of weirdness in the buffet today.


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“They live in outside-the-box decision-making that they put a formula and a calculation to.”

Les Miles discussing sabermetrics is every bit the delight you’d expect.

The man is great.  I eagerly await his insight into quantum theory.


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Les is so Miles.

Honestly, I wouldn’t put it past him.


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Les loves the ladies.

Lorenzo Carter confirms that Les Miles on the recruiting trail isn’t like everyone else.

What’s your funniest story from recruiting? “Probably Les Miles talking about girls. Girl talk with Les Miles was kind of awkward because you don’t think of him as a ladies man. But he seems like he knows what he’s talking about.

What girl advice did Les Miles give you? “’Don’t be rude when they call late at night.’ So I was like ‘OK, I won’t be rude. I just won’t pick up the phone.’”

Kind of awkward, eh?

Hey, it almost worked.  Carter claims he had LSU as his number one right up until signing day.


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Les Miles and the HUNH – you knew it was going to be different.

There is everybody else’s argument against the player safety defense of the 10-second substitution rule, and then there’s Les Miles’.

“There’s little or no evidence that would say that injury is likely,” Miles said. “Having said that, the incidence of injury in football is 100 percent. That being said, ‘He hurt his hand. Why? Because he was playing football. He hurt his elbow. Why? Because he was playing football.'”

In other words, since sooner or later they’re all gonna get hurt anyway, why worry about the HUNH?

I’d love to hear Bert’s reaction to that.


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Knowledge is good.

I’m a little jaded after the academic shenanigans that came to light at North Carolina, so what Sports Illustrated turned up at Oklahoma State seems tame by comparison, but I did get a chuckle out of this:

Shortly after Les Miles took over as Oklahoma State’s football coach in December 2000, he introduced an exhortation that he would use often at the end of team meetings during his four years in Stillwater. “Academics first,” Miles would say. “Football second.”

Miles’s words encapsulated one of the central pillars in the mythos of major-college football: that nothing, not even wins and losses, takes precedence over educating young athletes. The reality is that when jobs and money are at stake, priorities quickly skew.

As Miles said, “Academics first,” he would hold up two fingers. And as he said, “Football second,” he would hold up one.

“You heard his words but you saw what he was doing,” says Doug Bond, a Cowboys offensive lineman from 2002 to ’04. “So the thought process was that you’re going to school just so you can play football.”

It was supposed to be funny.

Miles, the coach at LSU since 2005, denies that he deemphasized academics while at Oklahoma State: “I always said, and I always meant, that academics was the most important thing.” Of the one-finger, two-finger gesture, Miles says it happened just once in “a moment of humor.”

Although, considering the source, there’s another possible explanation.


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