How LSU fans should welcome Les Miles back to Baton Rouge on Saturday

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I can see Les Miles

Former LSU coach Les Miles will make his return to Tiger Stadium on Saturday when LSU honors the 2007 national championship team at halftime of the game against Auburn, as was first reported by The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger. It’s barely been a year since LSU relieved Miles of his responsibilities as coach so this could be an awkward afternoon. But it shouldn’t be.

Regardless of your opinions on how the last four years of Miles’ tenure went, Saturday is a celebration of 2007, a year no sensible LSU fan should feel hostility toward Miles. Miles is making the mature decision and coming back to celebrate one of the greatest moments of his career. LSU fans shouldn’t attack his generosity and boo him for what happened in 2014 and 2015.

I don’t expect Miles to be booed. If anything, I expect him to get a pretty hearty ovation. There will always be a few people who make the other 100,000 fans look bad. If you’re not sure which side you’re on yet, here are some Miles facts to remind you of his contributions to LSU football history:

  • 114 wins as coach, second most all time
  • Won 77 percent of his games, the best of any full-time LSU coach since 1910
  • 7 bowl wins, tied for the most in LSU history
  • 3 SEC West titles, tied for the most in LSU history
  • 2 conference championships, tied for the most in LSU history
  • 1 national championship, tied for the most in LSU history

If that’s not enough convincing, I don’t know what is.

Your weekly LSU football poll question

Now, it’s time for you to voice your opinion. You know where I stand on the debate, but here’s your chance to prove me wrong.

How do you plan on welcoming Les Miles back to Baton Rouge this weekend? Vote in the poll below and we’ll discuss your answers in the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Thursday.


Practice observations

The media was allowed to watch 10 minutes of football practice Tuesday. Here are a few miscellaneous thoughts:

  • Offensive tackles K.J. Malone and Toby Weathersby were absent from practice again Tuesday. Both are listed as questionable for the Auburn game. Freshmen Saahdiq Charles and Austin Deculus started at left and right tackle, respectively.
  • Safety John Battle returned to practice, but he was wearing a non-contact gold jersey. He likely won’t be allowed to tackle or get blocked as he prepares to play Saturday. Fullback J.D. Moore and linebacker Corey Thompson were also in gold.
  • The defense is focusing on tackling at an impressive rate. In his Monday press conference, coach Ed Orgeron said defensive coordinator Dave Aranda dug up tape on every way his players missed a tackle against Florida. Apparently, some of that had to do with running their feet through the tackle, as that has been a huge point of emphasis the last two days.

A cool thing you should listen to

One Team, One Podcast host Carter Bryant bumped me from my regular Tuesday slot on the show for good cause this week. Carter tracked down one of Y.A. Tittle’s college teammates to talk about the recently deceased Hall of Fame quarterback. He also chatted with ESPN reporter Seth Wickersham, who wrote a fantastic profile on Tittle back in 2014.

You can read Wickersham’s story by clicking here. And you should definitely keep up with Carter as he posts his daily LSU podcasts. They’re great. Even the ones I’m not on.

What else have I missed?

It’s OK if you miss a story or two. There’s a lot of news. That’s why the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here. Here are a few cool stories you might’ve missed Tuesday:

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, Oct. 11 is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day. So, I guess it’s time to tell a story about teddy bears.

Most of us had teddy bears growing up. Some of us slept with them. Others just kept the bears in their room for protection from monsters. I had two teddy bears. One was named Teddy Teddy. As you can tell, I was always a creative writer. He was my good bear. There also was an evil bear named Bonkers. I’m fairly certain I named him Bonkers after the title character of the short-lived ’90s cartoon Bonkers.

The thing is, Teddy Teddy and Bonkers were identical bears. They looked exactly the same. How I decided one was good and the other was evil still doesn’t make sense to me. But I did. And if I had any clue where those bears were now, I’d bring them to work Wednesday.

Hope you liked that irrelevant story about my life.

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