It’s Time For A Fresh Start at LSU


This might be a bit of a rant, so bear with me. 

What a ride it’s been for LSU and Les Miles. It’s seen it’s fair share of ups and downs, but with way more downs than ups recently, I think it’s time for LSU to move on from Miles at the end of the season and find their next head coach.

I cannot say I’m a life-long fan of the Bayou Bengals, but since my enrollment at LSU, I’ve followed this team’s every move and experienced every part of the emotional roller-coaster that is LSU football fandom. At times, it has been incredibly difficult at times to be a fan of this team. You truly have no idea what LSU team is going to show up on Saturdays.

Since the 2011 National Championship Game loss, LSU hasn’t been a superior football team despite consistently having the most players in the NFL from a single school. As that last fact shows, Les Miles can recruit with the best of them.

Since 2012, LSU has had recruiting class rankings of #14 (severely underrated), #6, #2, #6, and #3. With all of that talent, LSU and Miles have managed to make some decent bowl games but haven’t had a single SEC Championship Game appearance.

Why haven’t these recruiting classes resulted in more than a Chick-Fil-A Bowl appearance? That has been the question I ask myself after practically every LSU loss. We have had some of the best talent in the nation, but the team always seems so out-of-sync and one dimensional.

Since 2011 (and I’m sure before then), LSU’s quarterback has been pretty abysmal, outside of Zach Mettenberger in 2013, who was throwing to stud receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

You cannot win the National Championship with a bad quarterback. Since 2011, every championship team has either had a dynamic quarterback or someone who can manage the game and put enough points on the scoreboard to stay in games. LSU has rarely had that throughout the tenure of Miles in Baton Rouge. Whether that is a flaw in recruiting, offensive scheme, or player progression, that falls on Miles and his offensive coordinator.

Speaking of offensive scheme, this is another area that has put Les Miles on the hot seat, and deservedly so. When Miles took over in 2005, the college football world was still not completely infatuated by the spread offense. If you’ve watched a few football games within the last ten years, you can see that things have changed. Somehow, Les has yet to get the memo, and teams have taken notice.

We’re no longer in an era of ground and pound. Having a diverse offense is a must at this level of football and it’s something LSU lacks. A great example of this is LSU’s 2015 season. Leonard Fournette had one of the best seasons by a running back in NCAA history. LSU started 7-0 and Fournette was a lock for the Heisman. LSU made it through cupcake teams and a lower-tier SEC schedule without a blemish, but then had to face the four best teams they would play all season.

Things didn’t end well. LSU went 1-3 in their last four games and Fournette was dropped from the Heisman race in the blink of an eye. The reason for this? Miles refuses to mix up his offense and sticks with the run game. Of course, if you have a player like Fournette, you need to feed him the ball. But when that is your entire offense you’ll see teams start selling out to the run. Teams loaded eight or nine players in the box, practically begging Miles to let the quarterback beat them through the air, because they knew he couldn’t.

Miles somehow survived being fired in 2015. He was given one more chance to prove he was worthy. Everything seemed like it was going to go his way, too. He had two key players forgo the NFL draft. LSU was returning 18 out of 22 starters. The Tigers had a favorable schedule, including Alabama and Ole Miss at home. He still had LEONARD FOURNETTE. Multiple sports writers picked LSU to earn a spot in the playoffs, and some had them winning it all. Miles couldn’t possibly screw this up, right?


After a 2-2 start to the season, I think I speak for 98% of LSU fans when I say I’ve had enough. Les Miles is an incredible guy and he’s easy to root for because of that, but being a nice guy does not win you football games. Having consistent top ten recruiting classes does not win you football games. He has been given every chance to switch up the offense and adapt to the new college football era and has yet to do so. 

I’ve been holding back on wanting to get rid of Miles for a few reasons. It’s not easy to get rid of someone who has brought LSU so much success including over 100 wins, multiple SEC Championship game and National Championship appearances, and a tons of memories. After seeing how Texas and Nebraska have fared, it also scares me to see how firing a legendary coach will effect the program.

But at this point, I’m willing to sacrifice those things for the possibility of winning more than the Texas Bowl. With LSU being one of the top football schools in the country, I know they will get one of the best head coaches on the market (hopefully Tom Herman). It’ll be interesting to see where AD Joe Alleva takes this situation. Regardless of what happens in the meantime, it needs to end with a respectful farewell to Miles.



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Knowshon Moreno

You know what’s cool?  Jumping over people.  It was cool when Vince Carter jumped over that 7’2″ French dude in the Olympics.  It was cool when  Neo jumped over Morpheus in the Matrix (even if he got knocked down right after).  And it’s definitely cool every time someone jumps over another guy in football.  Listen, I’m not saying that Knowshon was the first person to leap over a defensive player in football, I’m just saying there was a definite uptick in hurdle attempts after Moreno cleared a defender for Central Michigan in 2008.  Also, yeah, Knowshon was a fantastic player who was a blast to watch day in and day out.  But mostly the part where he jumped over a dude.

-Sam Slappey

Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M, 2011-2013)

If you want, you can just skip the paragraph and watch the highlight tape. That’s all the explanation I need.

See? However painful and cringeworthy Johnny’s post-college downfall has been, his college career was that much fun. Every time he touched the ball he created the potential for some ridiculous, incredible play you had never seen before. He turned sure-sacks into to touchdowns like no player before or since. His ability to escape pressure broke football like pre-Finals Steph Curry broke basketball and baffled the un-bafflable defensive minds of Nick Saban and Kirby Smart. I’ve never cared for Manziel’s personality, but on the field he was just so damn fun.

-John Mahaffey

Thomas Davis (LB/S, 2002-2004)


These days Thomas Davis is known for being NFL Man of the Year and playing in the Super Bowl with a broken arm, but once upon a time he roamed the Georgia secondary as a head hunting safety. Then he got a little bit bigger and started dominating from his linebacker spot. During my personal favorite era of Georgia football, Davis was the playmaker right at the heart of it. His two forced fumbles against LSU in the 2004 game in Athens (one on a crushing hit on then freshman Jacob Hester, one reason why I had to list Davis higher) led the Dawgs to a 45-16 victory that day. Davis has been an absolute warrior in the NFL too, fighting through multiple knee surgeries and the aforementioned broken arm.

PS, I couldn’t mention Davis without mentioning his comrade Odell Thurman. Thurman made Davis that much more fun to watch (“Oh Hell its Odell”)

-Will Mahaffey

Chase Daniel (QB, Mizzou, 2005-2008)

In 2005, most Mizzou fans probably thought they had seen the best quarterback that would ever play for Mizzou in Brad Smith. Smith’s successor has that title now, and that man is Chase Daniel. For what Daniel lacks in stature (Google gives him a generous 6 feet), he makes up for with his arm. Daniel guided Mizzou through their best years in school history, which included a week as the #1 team in the country in 2007. He finished fourth in the Heisman that season as the Tigers went 12-2, only losing to the Sam Bradford led-Oklahoma Sooners who played in the National Championship. Daniel took a program that hadn’t had incredible success in their history and started them down a path of consistent winning, which in-part likely helped their cause for joining the SEC. My favorite memory of him as a Tiger was when he led the #4 ranked Tigers to a win over #2 ranked kansas, giving them the #1 spot in the country. Mizzou fans cherish Daniel and drink to forget that Gabbert played there as well.

-Bear Deneau




College Favorites Countdown #5


To kick off the NCAA football season, we’ve been counting down our favorite college football players of all time.  Today we’re down to number 5 in the countdown.  If you want to see any of the previous picks, just click on the links below:






Darren McFadden (RB, Arkansas, 2005-2007)

The affectionately nicknamed Run-DMC never played on a great college football team, but damn was he a great college football player.  A two-time winner of both the Jim Brown and Doak Walker awards, McFadden sported a ridiculous blend of speed and power that sometimes seemed unfair at the college level.  He was everything you wanted from a player you loved on another team.  He juked, he trucked, he flew, he danced, he threw (a lot, and well!), and he did it all while playing for a team that was just bad enough that you didn’t feel bad when you cheered for him.  McFadden played against nine and ten man boxes every single week and still managed to rank second in career rushing yards in the SEC.  Hell, the second and third best players on that team might have been the two running backs who played behind him.  The video above is a 13-minute highlight video with grainy footage and terrible music and I just watched it twice.  Any player that can make me listen to an entire hick-rap remix of Wild Boy, that can make the Razorbacks interesting, that can – almost – make living in Arkansas bearable, is a player that has to be in my College Favorites top 5.

-Sam Slappey

Aaron Murray (QB, Georgia, 2009-2013)

Throughout these rankings, I’ve tried to include personal or unique reasons why I liked a certain player at a certain time. Most of my remaining picks have some element of personal connection for why I liked them, despite playing for teams I dislike or not necessarily being great. But for this spot, something can be said for a guy on your favorite team who is really good for a really long time. Aaron Murray was a four year starter at UGA, and a steady foundation for consistently good Bulldog teams. After a 6-7 season as a freshman, Murray led Georgia to ten and twelve win seasons before a senior season injury slowed them to an eight win season. He led Georgia to within five yards of a likely National Championship before heartbreakingly falling to Alabama in the 2012 SEC Championship. When all said and done, Murray finished his career as the all-time SEC passing touchdown and passing yards leader.

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-John Mahaffey

Todd Gurley

I can’t imagine a fan base or student body adoring a student athlete the way the University of Georgia appreciated Todd Gurley. The guy ran as hard and gracefully as anybody I have ever seen. I know Gurley has already been mentioned in the countdown, but I have never witnessed a louder, more raucous, explosive moment in a college football game than the way Sanford Stadium erupted when Gurley returned a kickoff to the house the first time he touched the ball after returning from suspension against Auburn in 2014. Granted, the play got called back for a holding call, but it didn’t matter. Sanford loved it. Despite getting suspended for taking payment for signing merchandise, Gurley was still adored on campus; the ill will was at a minimum. I think some people understood, get it while you’re here. On top of it all, Gurley could have just called it a season and started getting ready for the NFL, but he came back to finish the season for that 2014 team that probably wasn’t going anywhere. And after tearing his ACL during that Auburn game, in a different era it would have been a perfect example of why college players deserve more. But that’s for another time. Todd Gurley was thrilling to watch and go to school with.

See the first play of this clip for the Auburn return.

– Will Mahaffey

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Football was one of those “must watch” guys every Saturday. He is probably the third most dominant college player in the last 10 years behind Tebow and Cam Newton. Despite having multiple first-round offensive lineman throughout his tenure in College Station, it seemed that he never had any protection, yet was always able to find Mike Evans downfield for a 40+ yard play. His Heisman season was one of the easiest decisions for voters in the last 20 years. His NFL career might be a bust, but watching Manziel run around Kyle Field, likely under the influence of one substance or another, was a spectacle to behold.

– Bear Deneau

College Favorites Countdown: #6


To kick off the NCAA football season, we’ve been counting down our favorite college football players of all time.  Below is #6 on each of our lists.  Before you take a look at #6 on the countdown, check out who we picked for #10#9#8, and #7.

David Pollack (DE, Georgia, 2001-2004)

David Pollack is perhaps the most memorable defensive player from the last two decades of Georgia football.  The Dawgs have had plenty of defensive standouts, but nobody has delivered consistent excellence while also supplying signature plays in big moments like David Pollack. A three time all SEC team member, two time sec player of the year and Lombardi award winner, Pollack was dominant throughout his career at Georgia. Still, one moment stands out above the rest. With the Bulldogs leading 3-0 early in the 4th quarter, Pollack managed to beat a double team on the end and then miraculously intercepted a pass that was never thrown, batting the ball from the quarterback’s hands and catching it before it hit the ground.. Like the Immaculate Reception, this is a play that people will be trying and failing to explain to their kids for years to come, only to resort to a grainy video when their words fail to do it justice. A devastating injury put an end to what could have been a great professional career, but around Athens David Pollack is and will always remain a legend.

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AJ McCarron (QB, Alabama, 2009-2013)

This spot in the rankings could also be filled by John Parker Wilson, Greg McElroy, or Jake Coker, because they’re all essentially the same person. They were all good “game managers” that excelled because of the players and schemes around them, doing just enough to maintain Nick Saban’s dominance. AJ separated himself on the field, winning two national championships compared to JPW’s zero and McElroy and Coker’s one each. More importantly, he separated himself in personality- he actually had one. In uniform he was just like the others, Alabama bangs tucked under a crimson helmet. But outside of it, he had the chest tattoo! He had Katherine Webb. He was the perfect combination of absurdity and cockiness, with the success to justify it. This makes him the face of Alabama’s near decade of dominance outside of Nick Saban in my mind. I’m by no means an Alabama fan, but during McCarron’s time there it seemed as though Alabama was playing on CBS every Saturday afternoon. It was hard to not have at least a little fun watching McCarron give goofy interviews with Tracy Wolfson while Nick Saban stared daggers into the camera.

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