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On Monday, LSU coach Les Miles sort of begged forgiveness for a couple of profane slips of the tongue immediately following the Tigers’ dramatic victory over Ole Miss Saturday.
“I first would like to ask your indulgence for my choice of language Saturday night after the game,” Miles said at his weekly press luncheon. “I thought it was impertinent and poor. It’s not something that I want to repeat.”
But his overall stance hadn’t changed.
Miles, though his tirade following the game was unsolicited by a question, apparently was reacting to story in a Baton Rouge newspaper the Friday before the game that labeled senior wide receiver Russell Shepard as a “flop.”
Shepard, a five-star recruit out of the Houston area who was probably considered the biggest catch in his recruiting class, has had his moments as a Tiger. But, as a great athlete who didn’t quite fit snugly into any one position, he’s seen limited playing time this year.
In praising his senior class, particularly the less heralded ones, Miles used two four-letter words more common, perhaps, to the locker room than a nationally televised press conference. He was in the gray area with another word.
“The opportunity for me to talk about my senior class and let them know their contribution is greatly respected and in no way can an article written by somebody that operates outside our building have any real effect or any legitimacy in terms of an opinion,” Miles explained Monday. “I took a broad stroke there and kind of spoke to that.”
The expletives weren’t directed at anyone or anything, more like adjectives uttered when he got caught up in the heat and passion of the moment.
LSU has bleeped out the offending words in the video on its Website, but the uncut version is widely available on YouTube.
In fact the video, which has gone viral, almost upstaged the upsets of No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon on ESPN’s college highlights shows Saturday night.
As for the indelicate language, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said, “I can honestly say that I haven’t received one complaint. Everything that I’ve gotten has been positive and supportive of him.”
Most, apparently, see it as classic Les “Mad Hatter” Miles, reminiscent of his famous “have a great day” speech hours before the 2007 SEC Championship game to deny he was leaving LSU to go to Michigan.
Miles’ rant was getting rave reviews around the country.
Jack Arute, host of College Football Playbook on SiriusXM radio, called the way Miles stuck up for his players, even the lesser ones, the greatest recruiting pitch he’d ever heard.
“Now you know why those guys play so hard for him,” he said.
Bob Ley of ESPN called it “the best sound bite in 24 years here.”