LSU’s Les Miles headlines LSU Alumni dinner
As usual, LSU head coach Les Miles was a big hit at the Webster Parish LSU Alumni Association Fish Fry which was held at the Pine Hills Country Club on Tuesday. But for maybe the first time since he has been appearing at the event, Miles was upstaged by another speaker, and by his daughter no less.
Miles' seven-year-old daughter Macy Grace took to the mic before her father and belted out a crowd-pleasing version of Amazing Grace.
Miles then joked about her going on tour, before Macy Grace gifted her dad with an early Father's Day gift, a LSU Hawaiian shirt.
Miles then took to the podium and spoke much easier and naturally than he does in his post game press conferences, interacting and joking with his audience.
He talk about how pleased he was to be back in Minden and how proud he was to represent LSU and the state of Louisiana. He said he was proud of what he has accomplished at LSU, and of the players that he has coached.
Miles also talked about the tough situation that arose when the University of Michigan came courting him after they fired Rich Rodriquez.
"When I was talking to them I just thought of the kids that I had recruited here and how I told them and their parents that I would be here for all four of their four years here," he said. "And I decided that I wanted to be loyal to those kids and the people of Louisiana."
Miles then spoke very highly of his incoming freshman class, singling out quarterbacks Steven Rivers and Jerrad Randall. He also said that Lutcher freshman Jarvis Landry would play early.
Miles touched on the season and how it was a good but not great season, he talked about wins over Florida and Alabama and at the Cotton Bowl over Texas A&M.
Miles then brought up his grass eating incident that happened during the Alabama game and that hew was surprised everyone made such a big deal out of it. He went on to say that he traveled to the ESPN studios to film an ESPN commercial that played off the grass incident. He also agreed with an audience member that Tiger Stadium had the best tasting grass in the SEC.
He talked briefly about the disappointment of the Auburn game and what that loss cost the team, a chance to play for an SEC Championship and possibly a National Championship.
"The mark of our football team is that when we go out there, we expect a title," he said. "We don't always get one, but we expect to win one."
Miles wanted the fans to enjoy the pre-season rankings that have LSU sitting at #1. But that he knew that there were a number of teams capable of ending the season in that spot. He said the pre-season #1 ranking was a compliment to his team and that they would have to be up to the challenge.
Miles said the team is looking forward to the season-opening game with Oregon.
"Oregon is a great team, and it should be a great game," he said. "The game will be good for us, if we were playing a not-so-good team.
"I'm not sure our summer workouts would have the same sense of purpose we have now. I'm really looking forward to playing them."
Miles also touched on the rest of the upcoming season and that after the '03 and '07 season seasons, LSU won the National Championships while playing in New Orleans. He then mentioned that this year's BCS game would also be held in New Orleans, which brought applause from the crowd.
Miles then finished out the night answering questions ranging from the quarterback situation, to position changes, the strength of the offensive line to the difference of the playbook under new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe.