Alabama vs. LSU: Les Miles' Comments Rekindle QB Controversy Before Title Game

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 06:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers talks to the media at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 6, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  LSU and Alabama will play in the BCS National Championship on January 9th.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Just when you thought that everyone was in the clear from saying anything too dumb or controversial before the BCS National Title game on Monday, LSU head coach Les Miles makes a bold statement.

Instead of keeping his mouth shut about the quarterbacks, Miles proves again why he sometimes gets himself in jams with the things he says. It appears the connection between his mouth, brain and common sense department get screwy every once in awhile.

While Jordan Jefferson has been playing fine since taking over during the last Alabama game when former starter Jarrett Lee threw two interceptions, Miles feels it may be important to get Lee some reps during the game.

Miles tells the Gadsden Times about his quarterback situation:

Both quarterbacks have been tremendous contributors. Both are great teammates. I would not be surprised to see Jarrett Lee in this game early on make significant plays, and Jordan Jefferson step back in and do the things he’s capable of doing. I think teammates — and team — is the key thing. Both those guys are team guys.

If Miles intends to play just Jefferson when the game kicks off, he should have just said that instead of trying to be a terrible riddler. Waffling back and forth only creates uncertainty and more questions for the already media-oversaturated student athletes.

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 12:  Quarterbacks  Jordan Jefferson #9 and Jarrett Lee #12 of the Louisiana State University Tigers warm up before the game against Western Kentucky at Tiger Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chr
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On the other hand, if Miles is legitimately trying to get Lee more involved in the BCS National title game, he should have his head checked.

First, don’t ever mess with something that isn’t broke. Second, does Miles forget that it was the back-to-back interceptions against Alabama that almost lost the game for the Bayou Bengals?

This is a story that will be written by hundreds of papers across the United States, but it was one that never should have been. Instead of hiding everything, tell the truth.

Then again, he is a college football coach. Can’t be too honest.


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